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Doctorate in Nursing
Social determinants of health (SDoH) are defined as factors, including things such as food security, housing, literacy, finances, and work and school environments, that affect health risks and outcomes (About Social, 2021). Healthcare disparities are often affected by one’s social determinants. National data shows low-income populations present with considerable unmet needs, including food, housing, clothing, and quality health care. Closing the health disparities gap has long been the focus of healthcare organizations across the board. The care coordination model (CCM) enables organizations to improve care through collaboration. CCM looks at care coordination from the perspective of a patient-centered medical home. One aspect of the model is providing patient support through education, helping patients with barriers to care, and difficulties they may encounter. Communities and healthcare organizations can improve healthcare disparities caused by SDoH, improving patient outcomes and their quality of life through the use of the CCM. Effectively educating patients on recognizing how SDoH affect their health and by providing resources to mediate their SDoH can empower patients to manage their health care and outcomes.
Penney, Stephanie, "Impact of Literacy on Obesity and Hypertension: A Quality Improvement Project" (2022). DNP Scholarly Projects. 76.