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Addressing the social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic: ensuring equity, quality, and sustainability

S. Sandhu, M.E. Lemmon, H. Eisenson, C. Crowder, J Prvu Bettger
Fam Community Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of social determinants of health in affecting health outcomes. Populations with high social risk are disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences. Primary care practices have a unique opportunity to implement interventions to mitigate their patients' unmet social needs, such as food and income insecurity. In this commentary, we outline key considerations for clinics implementing programs that identify and address patients' social needs in a way that promotes equity, quality, and sustainability. We provide examples from our own experience at a federally qualified health center.

Sandhu S, Lemmon ME, Eisenson H, Crowder C, Prvu Bettger J. Addressing the social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic: ensuring equity, quality, and sustainability. Fam Community Health. 2020 Dec 21;Publish Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000290. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33351516.

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