Community Solutions for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Choosing the Right Policy Levers

There is widespread agreement that the social and economic conditions of a community play a
large role in determining the health outcomes of residents. Despite such agreement, it is not
always as clear how the health care system can most effectively address patients’ social needs or
if the health care system can play a role in addressing the upstream factors that influence
community health. This tool is meant to help health advocates identify the policy solutions and
health system levers they can employ to address social needs in their community.