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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 well-being and quality of life. Creating partnerships with organizations to address social determinants of health is vital to the well-being 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