The five determinants of health

Did you know that where you live, learn, work and play also impacts your health? Referred to as social determinants of health (SDoH), these non-medical factors influence your behaviors and health choices. They can also raise or lower your risk for developing chronic diseases and contribute to health disparities in our community.


What are the determinants of health?

Determinants of health are grouped into five categories:

  • Economic stability and financial resources
  • Food insecurity or not being able to afford healthy foods
  • Access to, and understanding of, healthcare services
  • The neighborhood you live in
  • Your relationships with family, friends and community members

“Social determinants of health play a crucial role in shaping your well-being and health outcomes,” says Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, internal medicine physician at HonorHealth. “Understanding and addressing these are essential for improving the health of our patients and our community, and creating a deeper level of care that will help our patients live their best life.”

The social determinants of health - HonorHealth

What is HonorHealth doing to address SDoH?

At each of our HonorHealth Medical Group - Primary Care locations, we’re conducting annual SDoH screenings. By screening for food insecurity, financial strains, unsafe housing and other SDoH risk factors that impact health, our care teams can identify and direct anyone who may benefit from additional services to the most appropriate resources.

HonorHealth has also partnered with the Blue Zones Project to help make our community a better place to live, work, learn, and play.


Get connected to community resources

HonorHealth Desert Mission has been improving the health and well-being of individuals from all socioeconomic walks of life for almost 100 years. Through their programs, they’re combating hunger across the income spectrum by helping to bridge nutrition gaps that negatively affect the health of our community, as well as providing financial, career and home success coaching. The Living Well Program provides resource navigation and support services to help individuals succeed. Learn more about these programs.

What is HonorHealth doing to address social determinants of health?

Get connected with a primary care provider

The role of a primary care provider is to work closely with you to develop a plan for your overall health. If you haven’t had an appointment with one yet, find a location near you and schedule an appointment today.

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