The social determinants of health are the interrelated social, political and economic factors that create the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play.
The intersection of the social determinants of health causes these conditions to shift and change over time and across the life span, impacting the health of individuals, groups and communities in different ways (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2018).
All people have the opportunity to reach their full health potential and are free from social, economic, demographic, or geographic barriers to health.
Everyone is affected by the social determinants of health and on top of their immediate health concerns, some of your patients may struggle with issues such as making ends meet, accessing healthy food to eat or navigating government assistance programs.
Health care providers have an important role to play, as a trusted source of information for patients.
INCommunities (211) is a free and confidential phone service that can provide information and referral services to your patient by calling 2-1-1. Each call is answered by an information and referral specialist and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.