Health & Wellness

Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Home should be a source of stability for families, not harm. 

What are Social Determinants of Health?

Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.1 These conditions are known as social determinants of health (SDOH).

How Does HUD do to Promote Health and Wellness?

HUD's Healthy Homes Program addresses multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home. The Initiative takes a comprehensive approach to these activities by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. 

Why Is This an Issue?

While addressing the factors which create social and physical deterioration of health outcomes are admirable and vital to enhancing the quality of life for families, we simply cannot ignore and or become distracted with fancy terms which take our attention from deeply seeded injustice that shows up in every aspect of our society where poor families live. 

What Can You Do About It?

  1. Support Can I Live and our efforts as we empower families to take control, lead their own lives and become the change they desire to see.  
  2. Educate and inform your local community leaders and residents about Social Determinants of Health.  If more people are aware, then greater accountability and oversight can be placed on service providers (i.e. community health centers, colleges, universities, public and private partnerships) that receive grant funding to serve public housing communities.



Content source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionSocial Determinants of Health

Quick Facts

Protect families from lead-based paint and other health hazards by making an additional 23,500 at-risk housing units healthy and lead-safe by the end of FY 2019.  See HUD Strategic Plan 2018-2022


HI-5 (Health Impact in 5 years) has approaches to improve the places where we live, learn, work and play. HI-5 can help achieve health outcomes in your community in 5 years or less, providing good economic value for the investment.


Data can be a catalyst for improving community health and well-being. Understanding data on social determinants of health, such as income, educational level, and employment, can help focus efforts to improve community health.


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