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The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) project is designed to improve practical understanding about how to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions; encourage organizational change; and promote policy initiatives that target social determinants of health contributing to health inequities by race/ethnicity, income, social class, and other related factors. In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored a forum to highlight activities and interventions that address social determinants of health to reduce health disparities. A workbook was designed and developed for practitioners, Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health. In addition, an interactive training workshop is under development for CDC staff and program-affiliated community partners working on projects related to social determinants of health (e.g., REACH, PRCs).

Purpose: The main goals of the SDOH project are to:

  • Support increased efforts by the CDC and its program-affiliated community partners to incorporate social determinants into public health assessment, intervention and evaluation efforts.
  • Increase understanding about how to choose the factors on which to intervene, how to incorporate new partners into social determinants work, and how the public health community can influence social policies to reduce health disparities.
  • Present ideas from communities participating in the forum and provide resources (e.g., surveillance systems, websites, journal articles, books).


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Saint Louis University School of Public Health,
Innovative Graphic Services

Our Role:

  • Research and review of social determinants work
  • Develop workbook design, content, format, and resources
  • Coordinate development and review of workbook
  • Design training and develop training manual
  • Evaluate workbook and training

Population: The workbook and training have the potential to reach a wide variety of public health practitioners and community partners through dissemination efforts in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SDOH Workbook “Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health.” This workbook is for community-based organizations seeking to affect the social determinants of health through community-based participatory approaches and nontraditional partnerships.