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Social Determinants of Health Lessons Learned, Challenges, and Barriers: A Resource for Health Centers, Vol. 1

Resource Topic: Emerging Issues, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations

Keywords: Agricultural Workers, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA&NHPIs), Blacks/African Americans, Community Health Workers, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, Latinas, Partnerships.

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language: English

Developed by: MHP Salud (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Health Outreach Partners, National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

Resource Summary: The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Health Outreach Partners (HOP), MHP Salud, and National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), four HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partner organizations, released a report on lessons learned, challenges, barriers, and impact stories shared from the (4) sessions of the “Screening Methods and Using Outreach and Enabling Services to Address Social Determinants of Health” Learning Collaborative. This Learning Collaborative explored effective strategies to screen for SDOH and build effective practices to address SDOH by providing outreach and enabling services for health centers serving Special and Vulnerable Populations.

Resource Details: Special and vulnerable populations (SVP)1,2 often face additional barriers to care, many of which are compounded by social determinants. When screening for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), health centers serving SVP will need to take into account the unique needs and circumstances of the populations they serve, particularly during times of crisis (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic). Screening for SDOH is the first step towards addressing these disparities.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit