Ontario Health's Social Determinants of Health Framework...A Paradigm Shift

November 27, 2023

What Makes People Sick? The World Health Organization states that “social determinants of health (SDoH) are the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life".

OH developed a framework that brings together eight key principles and examples to address barriers while expanding adoption of a SDoH approach to transform care delivery and outcomes.The Framework is intended to be a practical tool that can be used to guide our collective efforts to “shift the focus” to addressing underlying health inequities and root causes holding illness in place. Shifting from “what’s the matter with you?” to “what matters to you?” and moving upstream to address population health needs.

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