Social determinants of health are conditions in the neighborhood or society in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect their health and well-being. Living with poverty, violence and racism are just three examples of conditions that can affect health, often in profound ways. In Baltimore, people living just five miles apart can have a 20-year difference in life expectancy due to these conditions.
Race, Racism and Baltimore’s Future: A Focus on Structural and Institutional Racism
Fifth Annual Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health
April 25, 2016.
Healing Together: Community-Level Trauma—Its Causes, Consequences and Solutions
April 20, 2015.
Squandered Resources: Incarceration—It's Consequences, Costs, and Alternatives
April 28, 2014.
Health Equity Through Action
April 23, 2013.
First Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health
May 8-9, 2012.
The Social Determinants of Health Symposium was established in 2012 by the Johns Hopkins Office of the Provost to examine the root causes of health inequalities in Baltimore and to identify evidence-based strategies that have been effective locally and nationally.
Our objectives in hosting this annual event:
• To create a learning opportunity that will bring together Hopkins faculty, administrators, students, engaged community residents, service professionals and leaders to increase awareness and to collectively identify the central social and neighborhood factors that contribute to the inequalities of health seen in Baltimore.
• To bring together experts (researchers and practitioners) from all relevant sectors to share evidence-based strategies that promote health equity at the community level.
• To highlight innovative partnerships for research and service delivery that address the social determinants of health.
• To identify priorities for Baltimore over the next few years to address the social determinants of health.
• To strengthen existing relationships and foster new ones among and between Johns Hopkins and community partners that together reduce the health inequalities that characterize Baltimore and many American cities.
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