Activity ID



February 24, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit



$0 - $30
CME Provider

Massachusetts Medical Society


Health is a product of the social and economic conditions in which we live, work, and play. Simply put, we cannot improve our health without creating a world that generates health. While medicine, curative care, will always have a role to play in restoring us to health when we are sick, it also has an important role to play in changing the conversation about health, in creating a healthier world.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are a major influence with patients and their care which ultimately affects patients’ outcomes. Research has shown a patient’s health is driven by social, economic, and environmental factors. Social barriers, patient engagement and beliefs contribute to how a patient responds to clinical information and decision-making. Clinicians should develop a broader understanding of how SDOH affects a patient’s ability to follow their care-plan, take medications, opt out of testing and following their physician’s advice. Screening for SDOH is not inherent of a typical illness or wellness visit.

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Educational Objectives

To describe how social and economic forces influence health
To assess the role that medicine can play in generating the conditions that create a healthier world
To initiate and engage in a national conversation that generates health and defines the next steps


Public Health, Social Determinants of Health


Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Physician Executives, Rural, Urban

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