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Social determinants of health

“Conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. In addition to the social, economic and physical conditions of a person’s environment, social determinants also include patterns of social engagement and sense of security and well-being. Examples of resources that can influence (or, “determine”) health outcomes include safe and affordable housing, access to education, public safety, availability of healthy foods, local emergency/health services and environments free of life-threatening toxins.”

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