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Social Determinants of Health Month

Many factors impact your health and well-being. Social determinants of health (SDOH) are pathways or barriers to being healthy. During SDOH Month in January, the Thumb Community Health Partnership will highlight information and resources that can help. Follow along with TCHP to learn where and how you can get access to services and support!


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines SDOH as “conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life risks and outcomes.” Did you know? Numerous agencies in the Thumb provide help and services to people whose health is negatively impacted by SDOH.


A few examples of social factors that affect your health include:

·       Food Security

·       Transportation

·       Health insurance

·       Financial resources

·       Job opportunities

·       Awareness and navigation of services


For marginalized populations, social determinants of health can be barriers to living a healthy life. Examples of marginalized populations include low-income households, veterans, youth without a strong support system, elderly populations, people with disabilities and many others.


There are steps you can take to support people with SDOH needs:

1.     Raise awareness about services that are available regionally.

2.     Reduce the stigma around using these services.

3.     Advocate for health equity in your community.


Want to learn more about the role social factors play in your overall health or find services that help support food, transportation, and other social needs? Visit our website at that highlights services across our region. We encourage you to also talk to your health provider about other supports. Join the conversation at www.Facebook/ThumbHealth. Or contact Kay Balcer, TCHP Director at 989-553-2927.


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