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Assessing and Addressing Social Determinants of Health

presented by Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, RN

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Financial: Breanna Lathrop receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Breanna Lathrop has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 27 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 18 Minutes

Growing evidence on the impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) calls for change both within and outside the healthcare system in order to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities. Clinicians often lack the tools and resources needed to screen for and address SDOH within their patient populations. In this course, clinicians will gain applicable and relevant tools and resources for screening for and mitigating the impact of social determinants of health. Change in both clinician practice and healthcare systems to address SDOH has potential to decrease health disparities in the US. This course will also discuss advocacy for change outside the healthcare system.

Meet Your Instructor

Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, RN

Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, RN, is the chief operating officer and nurse practitioner at the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where she provides executive leadership and direct patient care. She has spent more than 15 years providing healthcare to individuals and families who lack health insurance. She earned her doctor of nursing…

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1. Screening for Social Determinants of Health

Addressing social determinants of health within the healthcare system starts with identifying the social determinants significant to the patients being served. This chapter will guide clinicians in identifying and utilizing social determinants of health screening tools. Workflow strategies to incorporate screening and data utilization for greatest impact will also be discussed.

2. Improving Health Outcomes by Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Improving health outcomes requires clinicians and healthcare systems to address medical needs and social needs. This chapter covers the use and development of care coordination networks.

  • Using and developing care coordination networks
  • Care plan development incorporating social determinants of health
  • Strategies for cross-sector collaboration

3. Advocating for System Change

While addressing social needs is important, system change is necessary to eliminate health disparities and improve long-term health outcomes. This chapter covers healthcare system strategies to address social determinants, and the role of clinician as advocate.

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