Economic and social conditions – like stable housing, reliable transportation, and access to healthy foods – have a powerful impact on our health and wellness. Known as social determinants of health (SDOH), a focus on these non-medical factors has the potential to improve health and well-being and to increase the government’s return on investment in both health and social services programs.
Congressional responsibility for programs to address SDOH is divided among many Committees, while programs addressing health and social needs are splintered across multiple federal agencies. As such, we have convened the bipartisan Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus to bring together members of Congress from disparate jurisdictions to highlight the opportunities for coordination across programs, to improve health outcomes, and to maximize existing and future federal investments in health, food, housing, transportation, and other important drivers of health. Leadership is needed to break down the barriers that impede better coordination between health and social services programs.
Please share feedback to the following questions on challenges and opportunities, which will be shared with SDOH Caucus co chairs. For more information, please contact Liam Steadman in Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ office at Liam.Steadman@mail.house.gov
, Caitlin Van Sant in Congressman G.K. Butterfield's office at Caitlin.VanSant@mail.house.gov
, Shane Hand in Congressman Tom Cole’s office at Shane.Hand@mail.house.gov
, or Kaitlynn Skoog in Congressman Markwayne Mullin’s office at Kaitlynn.Skoog@mail.house.gov
Please make submissions by September 21, 2021. The caucus will leave this form open past the 21st to receive late responses. However, please make submissions as soon as possible.