EM1610H "Redrawing the Boundaries of Medicine: The Case for Social Determinants of Health" (IM GR-102816)

Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and age; and can lead to unmet health-related social needs. These unmet social needs have a direct impact on health outcomes and utilization, and are as important as traditional medical risks in contributing to morbidity and mortality. This presentation aims to discuss why physicians should care about identifying and addressing unmet social needs, by discussing the current evidence base and highlighting specific examples of innovation, including Dr. Nguyen’s and her research group’s local work on care transitions and readmissions.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand what social determinants of health are, and why they are relevant to the practice of medicine.
  • Understand landmark studies and national examples of innovation on addressing key social determinants (homelessness and food insecurity) from a medical perspective.
  • Understand local efforts to identify and address social determinants from a safety-net health system perspective with respect to improving care transitions and reducing readmissions.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Oanh Nguyen, M.D., M.A.S.Oanh Kieu Nguyen, M.D., M.A.S.
Assistant Professor
Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Outcomes & Health Services Research

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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