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Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health are the

“…conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.”

These factors influence an individual's ability to stay healthy. Rural residents experience a unique set of contributing social factors that impact their health. Social determinants of health are important to determining individual wellbeing and quality of life. Creating partnerships with organizations to address social determinants of health is vital to the wellbeing of people with disabilities in rural communities.

Examples of social determinants that affect the health and well-being of a person with disabilities are:

  • Employment opportunities, non-discriminatory work environments, and equal pay
  • Accessibility to education and educational attainment
  • Accessibility of affordable, nutritious food
  • Housing that is accessible, clean, and safe
  • Accessible community groups and social support
  • Ability to participate in daily life
  • Health literacy