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News by Topic: Social determinants of health

Jun 2, 2023 - Examines 2021 data from the Ohio Department of Health showing that suicide rates in Ohio is rising after 2 years of decline. 14 of the 15 counties with the highest suicide rates was rural, and 9 of those 14 are in Appalachia. Local behavioral health leaders cite access issues, unreliable broadband hampering telehealth, and multiple social determinates of health as drivers of the increase. Highlights work being done to decrease stigma.
Source: NBC4
May 11, 2023 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM) on June 13-14, 2023. Agenda items are being finalized but may include an update on recommendations to improve birth outcomes among American Indian and Alaska Native mothers and infants; further discussions to determine new and continuing priority areas for the Committee, including data and information related to social determinants of health and infant health equity; federal updates; and Committee operations. The webinar link and log-in information will be available at the ACIMM website before the meeting. Requests for public comment should be sent via email to
Source: Federal Register
Apr 28, 2023 - Describes social determinant of health initiatives from a health system in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Includes information on the ProMedica Farm and Veggie Mobile, a program designed to tackle food insecurity in a Michigan food desert.
Source: American Hospital Association
Apr 11, 2023 - The closure of Madera Community Hospital and three associated clinics earlier this year has left Madera County's 160,000 residents with no general hospital and only a small handful of clinics operated by other providers. According to a Farmworker Health Study, between one-third and one-half of California farmworkers surveyed suffer from chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, and the vast majority are considered either overweight or obese.
Source: PBS News Hour