In an effort to further understand and gather relevant information concerning the benefits of formally recognizing broadband connectivity as a social determinant of health (SDOH) domain, the C2H Task Force provides below links and information to other sources (i.e., outside the FCC) relevant to the issue.  These references and other information on this page should serve as a convenient tool or resource for stakeholders and researchers interested in this topic.  (NOTE:  This listing is for educational and research purposes only; it should not be construed as endorsement of the information and content from other websites, organizations, or publications.)     

General Information about SDOH   

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health.  This CDC website connects you to CDC resources for SDOH data, research, tools for action, programs, and policy. They may be used by people in public health, community organizations, research organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being.
  • HHS, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Healthy People 2030, Social Determinants of Health (identifies and describes the 5 “domains” that currently comprise SDOH;  provides relevant information, resources, summaries, etc.; provides national guidelines for improving the health of the Nation).
  • World Health Organization, Social Determinants of Health.  According to the WHO, social determinants of health are the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.  These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies, and political systems.
  • Rural Health Information Hub, Defining Social Determinants of Health  (providing information and links to other relevant resources) (“SDOH are closely linked with health outcomes. Research suggests that the number of deaths in the U.S. due to social factors — such as a lack of education, racial segregation, discrimination, and poverty — may be comparable to the number resulting from heart disease, lung cancer, and other leading causes of death.  In addition, SDOH can influence and contribute to chronic health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.”)
  • The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, which compares the health of counties in the U.S. to others within the state and provides strategies that communities can use.  This program compares the health of nearly all counties in the United States to others within its own state.  The annual rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. 

External Research and Papers on Broadband as a Social Determinant of Health


Wednesday, April 20, 2022