Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' Social Determinant of Health Strategy
Date & Time
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

There is widespread recognition about the need to address SDOH, including factors like housing, transportation, employment, education, and food security that affect individuals’ lives and health outcomes, going upstream to the root causes and not just the symptoms. As many people’s livelihoods, mental health, education, and more have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to address SDOH in a comprehensive and cohesive manner has become urgent and necessary. In recent years, local communities, social service organizations, health plans, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have all been working to address SDOH by adding new services and making it easier for residents to access those services. However, many of these efforts are piecemeal, siloed, or vary greatly by community. To address disjointed efforts and foster continued engagement around the SDOH, MDHHS recognizes the need for a stronger, more comprehensive Social Determinants of Health Strategy that addresses root causes of health disparities. The 2022-2024 SDOH Strategy considers strategies from the previous MDHHS SDOH Strategy while also recognizing that there are lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The presenter will provide an update on the 2022 SDOH Strategy as well as progress on building holistic, innovative strategies to support communities. The 2022 focus areas, which are housing stability, food security, and health equity, will be shared as well as the strategic objectives to measure outcomes. An overview of the comprehensive engagement strategy will allow participants to determine the best method for their contributions to the Strategy. The presentation will end with a call to action for implementation of the Strategy.

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