Tennessee Fall Policy Forum Series - Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity
Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment and social support networks as well as access to healthcare. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible which requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences. This event will focus on social determinants of health and the impact on health equity in the cancer space. The panel discussion will include key stakeholders throughout the health community, including leaders in business, academia, public policy, patient advocacy, provider groups, as well as other key stakeholders. ACS CAN will use this event to help illustrate and answer the following questions:
• What are social determinants of health and how do they impact cancer patients?
• What is health equity and what are we doing to close the gap in Tennessee?
• How can we remove obstacles to health that include powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments and healthcare?
• What policies could we change or implement that could reduce inequalities in the opportunities and resources needed to be as healthy as possible?