Public health on the front lines: A conversation about the social determinants of health

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By Jasmine Hayes, John Auerbach, Dr. Karen Hacker, Dr. Anne Zink, and Dr. Bisola Ojikutu

While high-quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare is essential to addressing medical conditions when they arise, the strongest predictor of health and overall well-being is the broader social context in which people live and work each day. Environmental and contextual factors, or social determinants of health (SDOH), impact the health and well-being of children, families, and their communities—accounting for much of the variation in health outcomes and disparities we see across the country.

In this on-demand webinar, we bring together leading public health experts from the federal, state, and local levels to discuss the role of SDOH as well as the need for cross-system partnerships and investments that support healthy, thriving communities. Attendees will hear about:

  • The current federal landscape around SDOH, including the latest research and Administration priorities.
  • How a public health approach offers federal, state, local, and allied partners serving children and families an opportunity to proactively apply lessons learned from collective experiences, leveraging the interconnectedness of human services work as well as work with other sectors, and emphasizing efforts to advance equity and overall well-being.
Meet the authors
  1. Jasmine Hayes, Executive Director, Child Welfare and Education

    Jasmine is a child welfare expert with more than 20 years of experience working with local, state, and federal entities to transform systems and change outcomes for children, youth, and families. View bio

  2. John Auerbach, Senior Vice President, Federal Health

    John is a public health expert with more than 30 years of experience in strengthening programs at the federal, state, and local level to drive improved health outcomes for the public, especially those who are at elevated risk for poor health outcomes. View bio

  3. Dr. Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
  4. Dr. Anne Zink, MD, FACEP, ASTHO Immediate Past President and former Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health
  5. Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, MD, MPH, FIDSA, Commissioner of Public Health, City of Boston, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
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