Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that contribute to health outcomes. This resource center provides information and tools to understand and address social determinants for your patients and in your practice.
Austin pediatrician Sandra Frasser, MD, learned early in her medical career that many of the biggest health problems patients face cannot be fixed by a trip to the doctor’s office.
Learn about social determinants of health to better understand how they affect your patients. Some materials offer CME credits.
Texas Health Steps
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) audiobook
Milbank Memorial Fund: Meanings and Misunderstandings: A Social Determinants of Health Lexicon for Health Care Systems
National Academy of Sciences: Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care to Improve the Nation's Health
Explore various policy positions and initiatives regarding social determinants of health.
Latest Social Determinants of Health News
Analyze databases to understand the impact of social determinants of health across various populations.
UTHealth Center for Health Care Data: The Health of Texas website provides data on variations in health care costs, utilization, quality, and SDOH in Texas. The center has received Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designation as a qualified entity.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): County Health Rankings & Roadmaps provides national data by state and county on a variety of factors, including socioeconomic, environmental, and safety factors.
Assess patient needs regarding social determinants of health to inform treatment plans and referrals to community services.
Use these tools to help mitigate social determinants of health that affect your patients.
Learn more about social determinants of health from professional health organizations.
AMA SDOH Billing Codes
American Hospital Association ICD-10 Coding for SDOH
UnitedHealthcare SDOH ICD-10 Codes
Johns Hopkins – A New Way to Document Social Determinants of Health
Texas Medical Center: Health Policy – SDOH
AMA: Prioritizing Equity Video Series
American Public Health Association: COVID-19 and Health Equity – Exploring Disparities and Long-Term Health Impacts
National Association of County and City Health Officials: Health Equity and Social Justice Training
The Health Initiative: Rebecca Onie TED Talks
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Using SDOH Data to Fight COVID-19
Got Social Determinants of Health questions? Call the Knowledge Center.
When you visit any of our websites, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and manage your preferences. Please note, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.
These cookies are necessary for our website to function properly and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms or where they’re essential to provide you with a service you have requested. You cannot opt-out of these cookies. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but if you do, some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.