Social Determinants of Health

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America spends $2.6 trillion on health care annually and everyone—from the capitol corridors to Main Street—is feeling the pinch.

State lawmakers face tough choices as health costs eat up a quarter or more of their total yearly budgets. And although everyone contributes to the health care “pot,” health and wellness indicators across certain populations and ZIP codes are not the same.

Research has uncovered an uncomfortable reality: Racial minorities die sooner and are less healthy over their lifetimes than whites. Disparities exist even when researchers control for income and health insurance coverage. The question is, why? Why are racial minorities more likely to live shorter, less healthy lives? The answer is not simple, but a complex web of factors. This webinar looks at some of these factors, called the social determinants of health, and examine ways policymakers can address systemic inefficiencies which lead to inequality, while containing costs and improving quality for all. 

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  • Laura Tobler, NCSL


  • Assemblymember Richard Pan, California
  • Representative Jeffery Sanchez, Massachusetts

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PC-based attendees required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet