Social Determinants of Health

There are many factors that impact an individual’s health, including their family history, genetics, nutrition security, access to physical activity opportunities, environment, and the social determinants of health. As defined by Healthy People 2030, “The social determinants of health are the conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.”

ASTHO works with its members to focus on population-level interventions, disease prevention, and health metrics can provide leadership and expertise in addressing these social determinants of health (SDoH).


Period Poverty: A Growing Public Health Concern

This brief highlights legislative actions that states are taking to remove financial burdens for women who struggle to afford period products, and to mitigate existing stigma.

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Initiating Cross-Sector Partnerships to Advance Population Health

This report will share action steps that public health agencies can use to initiate and sustain a cross-sector partnership and highlight examples of successful collaborations.

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Legislative Prospectus: Rural Health

An in-depth brief summarizing upcoming legislation proposals and anticipated trends that are likely to impact rural health in the states and territories in 2022.

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Latest SDoH Resources

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One Health: The Shared Future of People, Animals, and the Planet

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Current Trends in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

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ASTHO Responds to House Ways and Means Request for Information on Improving Access to Health Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

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Considering the Role of Social Stressors in Chemical Risk Assessment

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Addressing Hypertension in Pregnancy to Reduce Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

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What Surrounds Us Shapes Our Health—Look to Primary Prevention for Better Health

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What Surrounds Us Shapes Our Health

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