Taking a holistic view of health that includes physical, behavioral, and social drivers can have the greatest impact on our health. However, we have historically viewed health mostly as a product of the medical care we receive.
In reality, where we live, our financial circumstances, our access to affordable and nutritious foods, and other nonmedical factors overwhelmingly influence our health. These factors are called social drivers of health (SDH), and they determine up to 80% of our health outcomes.* We aim to deepen the nation’s collective understanding of these social drivers, and all the factors that comprise whole health, to improve the health of people across the nation.
* RWJF: Medicaid's Role in Adressing Social Determinants of Health, 2019.