As reported by the Center for Health Journalism, "social determinants of health have shown that several factors have a significant impact on health. " The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute notes that "health behaviors and clinical care only account for approximately 50 percent of health outcomes, while the other half is explained by social and economic factors as well as the physical environment in which people live." Importantly, research indicates that in the case of Black women's high maternal mortality rates, for example, "focusing on a mother’s individual characteristics or behaviors avoids the uncomfortable truth that health care service delivery systems, namely hospitals and clinics and the people who work in them, contribute to these poor outcomes." Learn more here.
The Center for Health Journalism "helps journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities, serving as a catalyst for change." The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute "advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels."