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The Social Determinants of Health and Environmental Strategies, Part 1: Understanding and Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Prevention

November 28, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The aspects of life that influence a person’s health, including their likelihood of engaging in risky behavior such as substance use, are numerous and varied. They range from immediate, personal characteristics to overarching societal trends and conditions. The social determinants of health are these larger social or environmental aspects that influence individuals, such as the economic status of the neighborhoods, access to quality health care services, and the prevalence of discrimination. Due to their widescale impacts, addressing these determinants should be a key part of a comprehensive approach to prevention. Prevention professionals can implement environmental strategies in collaboration with other public health stakeholders to help address these determinants. This three-part webinar series will overview the social determinants of health, their influence substance use risk, and recommendations on how to address them through environmental strategies.


This webinar will introduce and discuss the social determinants of health. It will explain which determinants have been found to be significantly linked to substance use risk, and how they are linked to inequity and health disparities. The webinar will also provide recommendations on how prevention professionals can begin thinking about ways to address the social determinants of health.


By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand what the social determinants of health are and how they relate to the socio-ecological model of prevention
  2. Identify the social determinants of health linked to increase risk of substance use
  3. Describe how racial and ethnic inequities influence substance use risk and services




Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network
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