Improving Social Determinants of Health

Improving Social Determinants of Health

Let’s work together to create an environment where everyone in Mississippi has the opportunity to live, access, and thrive in healthy spaces.

The social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions and environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age. They affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. SDOH have a major impact on people’s health, well-being, and quality of life.

According to Healthy People 2030, SDOH can be grouped into the categories of:

SDOH contribute to health disparities and inequities. In addition to promoting healthy choices,
public health organizations and their partners in sectors like education, transportation, and housing can take action to improve the environmental conditions of Mississippians, including people of color, tribal members, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged. The Mississippi State Health Assessment Improvement Committee (SHAIC) has identified SDOH as a priority area for Mississippi’s State Health Improvement Plan in order to, “create social, physical, and economic environments that promote attaining the full potential for health and well-being for all.”

Work Plan

Increase access to preventive health services

Increase the percentage of adults and children who get recommended evidence- based preventive health care by 10%.

Measure the number of community organizations that provide prevention services.
Reduce the percentage of people under 65 years who are underinsured by 15%
Increase the use of telehealth to improve access to preventive health services by at least 10%.

Decrease preventive health barriers related to health literacy

Develop a measure for assessing personal health literacy in MS

Decrease the proportion of individuals with disabilities who experience barriers to preventive health services

Increase the rate of developmental screenings services by 10%

Increase number of providers qualified in providing intervention services for ages 0-3.

Decrease the impact that implicit bias has on health

Measure the number of organizations with health policies that address implicit bias

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Partners & Stakeholders

COORDINATING CO-CHAIRS: Dr. Chigo Udemgba, Director, MSDH Office of Health Equity; Dr. Kina White, Director, MSDH Office of Community Health Improvement; and Durnene Farmer, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Public Health Department

Mitchell Adcock, MS Center for Health Policy; Selma Alford, MSDH; Ivey Allen, Foundation for the MidSouth; Kaye Bender, MPHA; Hope Crenshaw,Teen Health MS; Valecia Davis, MSDH; Kathy Farrington, MSDH; Natalie Gaughf, UMMC: Breanne Hancock, MSDH; Diane Hargrove, MSDH; Nikki Harris, Morehouse School of Medicine; Joy Hogge, Families as Allies; Ravi K. Janumpally, UMMC: Starsha Jemerson, MSU; Ziva James,HUD; Phyllis Johnson,MS Board of Nursing; Daniel Le; BPSOS; Jerrie Macgruder, HUD; Dorothy McGill, IBS, Inc.; Ashley McKay, MSDH; Zonzie McLaurin, UMMC; Beryl Polk, MSDH; Callie Poole, MSU SSRC; Katherine Richardson, MSDH; Kathyrn Rehner-Sullivan, AHA; Danielle Seale, MSDH; Victor Sutton, MSDH; Karin Thurman, MSDH; Davy Trewolla, MSDH; Shari Veazey, Mississippi Municipal League; Victoria Walker, MSDH; Karen Winters, UMMC.