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Highlighting SDOH Case Studies in the ODPHP Prevention Policy Matters Blog
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The APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force was recently featured in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Prevention (ODPHP) Policy Matters Blog. The blog post highlights three social determinants of health (SDOH) Case Studies developed by APTR member institutions.

Educators are invited to review the case studies and provide feedback on their use to APTR by emailing 

This case study development project focused on the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health Topic Area, and a new perspective calling for an expansion of public health practice to emphasize cross-sectoral, environmental, policy, and systems-level actions that directly affect the social determinants of health.


Case Study 1: Seeking Health Equity: Examining Racism as a Social Determinant of Health
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department of Public Health Education and Department of Family and Community Nursing

This module presents two case studies based on real-world, actual events that demonstrate the significant and negative impact of racism on the health of individuals and populations. It is vitally important for future health professionals to understand the significance of racism as a social determinant of health if they are to help achieve health equity across racial and ethnic groups.

Case Study 2: Addressing the Effects of Psychological Trauma in a Community Using a Social Determinants of Health Approach: A Case Study
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Nursing

This teaching case study examines psychological trauma in a community context and the impacts, both positive and negative, of SDOH. Healthy People 2020 views people residing in communities with large-scale psychological trauma as an emerging issue in mental health and mental health disorders (Healthy People, 2017).

Case Study 3: Targeting the Social Determinants of Health in Geriatric Populations
University of Utah
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
The Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet)

This module includes three clinical case videos demonstrating a variety of geriatric patient circumstances. Participants view each case with attention to the medical care provided, as well as the impact of SDOH in each scenario.

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