One of my daughter’s favorite movies to watch (and re-watch) right now is “Alpha”. Set in Europe 20,000 years ago, it illustrates the similarities between social determinants of health (SDoH) then and now. The story is about a young man who, separated from his tribe, struggles to return home.
The common themes of community, opportunity, spirituality, environment, shelter, nourishment, and medicine in the movie play an important role in our health now and always have over the years. While today we may not worry about being snatched in the night by a sabre tooth tiger, the probability of encountering an intoxicated evening driver in a large urban environment can be just as harrowing.
In modern healthcare, there is little doubt that SDoH are important. However, one of the greatest challenges to understanding the extent and relevance of the impact is in the collection of associated data. Consistently gathering these data in an efficient and standardized approach is difficult to achieve. As my colleague Santosh Padhiari recently pointed… Read More »