Social Determinants of Health
At Boston Medical Center (BMC) our goal is not only to treat disease, but to understand and address its root causes. Research has shown that health is shaped by more than just quality healthcare, but also by social and environmental factors known collectively as the social determinants of health (SDOH). We know that for many, the root causes of medical issues are a lack of employment, income, stable housing or food, and limited education. These challenges can contribute to chronic disease and mental health issues and create barriers to accessing healthcare.
Healthcare providers must address SDOH on both a systemic and individual level. Improving health outcomes for our patients requires addressing structural barriers to good health and increasing equitable access to education and employment, food and nutrition, stable housing, and economic opportunity. To help build better, lasting health for patients and communities, BMC is dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor health so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
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