A lot of people think that good health is determined by their access to doctors. While that’s obviously important, about 80 percent of health status is determined by the social and economic conditions where you live and work. These social determinants of health include the financial and social supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. They shape our health and the length and quality of our lives. In this video, you will see how members of the Mass General hospital staff recognized social determinants of health barriers faced by their patients, and the resources they used and actions they took to treat them successfully.

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