Social Determinants of Health and Social Care

According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2023), “the social determinants of health are the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.”

In fact, research shows that the social determinants of health strongly influence a person’s health; more so than the health care system or lifestyle choices, in some cases (WHO, 2023).

As such, Health Accord NL recommended the implementation of a Learning Health and Social System, ensuring that our health care and social systems work together to support the health of our population.

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Non-medical Determinants of Health and Health Outcomes in NL Compared to Canada

To compare non-medical determinants of health, chronic disease, and mortality rates in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) to those in the rest of Canada (CA).

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Social Prescribing – A Potential Way to Achieve Better Health Outcomes in Newfoundland and Labrador

To investigate social prescribing and how it could improve physical and mental health outcomes in the people of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

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Social Determinants of Health and Social Care Resources

To learn more about our projects on Social Determinants of Health and Social Care, visit our resource library.