By: Thomas G. Bognanno, President and CEO, Community Health Charities (CHC)
Building a Model for Collective, Scalable Action: The Anthem Social Determinants of Health Action Framework
– Studies have shown medical care—which receives so much focus in our society—only accounts for 10 to 20 percent of our health, while 80 to 90 percent of health is determined by other factors, such as social determinants of health. Understanding how these additional drivers impact our health is key to achieving a society where all people, regardless of their social position or socially determined circumstances, have the opportunity to attain their full health potential. Social determinants are a vehicle to advance our thinking about health equity and provide a shared perspective and intentional focus on working together to achieve better, and most importantly, more equitable and impartial health outcomes for all.