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Physical Drivers of Health
Physical drivers of health are the elements traditionally associated with the delivery of healthcare—the structural and functional components of the body, including bones, muscles, organs, and systems. Physical health is impacted by behavioral and social drivers of health and vice versa.
Addressing physical, behavioral, and social drivers in harmony throughout the health journey – from prevention through chronic condition management – improves outcomes.
Behavioral Drivers of Health
Behavioral drivers of health are the genetic, familial, cultural, and societal factors that impact a person’s overall health and wellness. These include psychological factors, like mental health and substance use disorders, as well as impact from external factors, such as abuse, trauma, poverty, racism, and violence.
Behavioral health is just as important as physical health — and they affect each other. The intertwining of the two means they must be supported in tandem for overall health.
Social Drivers of Health
Social drivers of health are people’s living conditions and the complex social and economic systems that shape these circumstances. From the older adult who needs a ride to the store because they can no longer drive safely, to the person with a disability who needs an accessible and affordable place to live, social drivers affect everyone’s health at some point or time.
Knowing that up to 80% of health is determined by what happens outside the doctor’s office, we are taking a more holistic approach to health and considering health-related social needs.
Researchers and data scientists at Elevance Health, often in partnership with universities and professional associations, publish data-driven research in journals and present at professional conferences in support of the company’s purpose to improve the health of humanity. Through our rigorous research efforts, we can identify emerging trends among our members and care delivery partners. We can evaluate the effectiveness of new benefits, services, and care programs. And we can use those findings to improve member experience, quality, and affordability of healthcare.
These studies highlight specific examples of innovation and demonstrate how research differentiates Elevance Health.