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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop programs to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Washington Health Data Visualization
An interactive tool providing access to maps, charts, and graphs on a variety of health data by topic for Washington State and counties. Topics include leading causes of death, opioid prescriptions, opioid morbidity and mortality, immunizations, HIV, social determinants of health, and population characteristics.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Health
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Culture Care Connection: Rural Minnesotans
Provides information and data to help healthcare providers recognize and understand the importance of culture when providing healthcare to populations living in rural Minnesota. Discusses population characteristics, health disparities, social determinants of health, social diversity, diet, medical care, mental health, and leading causes of death in rural areas of the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Mental Health Explorer
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on mental health. Provides access to data on mental health and wellness; the mental health workforce; and related social, behavioral, and health measures. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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PubMed Search: Rural Social Determinants of Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on social determinants of health impacting rural residents. Includes coverage of poverty, unemployment, housing, environmental health, educational status, and health literacy.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Virginia Health Opportunity Index
Allows the user to examine health opportunities and challenges at the census tract level, by county, or by independent city for the state of Virginia. Utilizes 13 indicators addressing the social determinants of health. These indicators are grouped into four profiles or measures focused on the natural and social environment, consumer resources, economic opportunities, and access to health services.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health: Office of Health Equity
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Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots
An initiative focused on health outcomes in Appalachian communities. Provides access to health disparities data on health status, healthcare delivery, and social determinants of health indicators for counties within the rural Appalachian region. Also identifies and provides case studies of "Bright Spots", counties in the region with better-than-expected health outcomes.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Washington Tracking Network (WTN)
Provides interactive maps, charts and graphs on a wide range of data by county for Washington State. Includes content on health and climate, community and population characteristics, transportation, the environment, and exposure to toxic substances. Covers several health topics including access to care, hospitalizations, incidence of cancer, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and opioid use, misuse, and related deaths. The Information by Location tool allows users to see rankings for health disparities, and social and economic determinants of health by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Health
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New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS)
Provides data on health status, lifestyle and risk factors, healthcare services, and social determinants of health for New Mexico. Some data sets offer rural/urban, county-level, and small area data comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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The EveryONE Project: Neighborhood Navigator
Allows users to search by zip code for resources and programs in their neighborhood to address their patients' social determinants of health. Provides information on food, housing, goods, transportation, health, care, education, employment, and more.
Additional links: Neighborhood Navigator Training Video
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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