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Free webinar in October on social determinants of health, health equity

A free webinar in October will focus on the social determinants of health and health equity within communities.

Social determinants, which include educational levels, living conditions and daily diet habits, have been shown to significantly influence health care outcomes.

Using Healthy People to Address Social Determinants of Health and Achieve Health Equity airs Oct. 6 from 2-3 p.m. Eastern time.

The American Public Health Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will stream the webinar.

To raise awareness and promote the use of Healthy People 2030 —  a federally driven program that sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade — the American Public Health Association and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will discuss how local governments, nonprofits and national organizations have used the Healthy People framework and mission in the past and how they can use Healthy People 2030 to address the social determinants of health in their communities.

The Healthy People initiative began in 1979 when Surgeon General Julius Richmond issued a landmark report titled “Healthy People: The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.” Healthy People 2030 is the fifth iteration of the initiative, building on knowledge gained and lessons learned to address the latest public health priorities.

The webinar presenters are:
• Captain Paul Reed, M.D., acting director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
• Marcus Plescia, M.D., Association of State and Territorial Health Officers chief medical officer.
• Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, M.D., D.C. Department of Health director.
• Joe Zeitsman, Ph.D., director of the Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health.

For more information on Healthy People 2030, visit health.gov/healthypeople.