Social Determinants Resources

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Within the Patient-Centered Medical Home

The Journal of the American Medical Association — This article explores how the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) offers an important opportunity to promote health through systematically addressing the social determinants of health. The article concludes that addressing social determinants of health within the PCMH represents a high-value benefit to the health care system and has the potential to reduce the long-standing socioeconomic disparities in health that continue to persist.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families This website’s interactive platform allows users to search for both state-specific and topic-specific statutes. Broad topics covered range from Child Abuse and Neglect to Adoption.

Communicating Effectively about Social Determinants of Health that Impact Teen Pregnancyyellow star icon indicating that the item is a JSI publication.

JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI) This tool offers tips and strategies to help raise awareness of social determinants of health that impact teen pregnancy, facilitate discussion among stakeholders, and craft messaging that will resonate with your community.

Community Health Worker National Workforce Study

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, 2007— This report is a comprehensive information resource about community health workers, resulting from a HRSA-funded national study of the CHW workforce that was conducted between 2004 and 2007.

Community Health Workers: Closing Gaps in Families’ Health Resources

Family Strengthening Policy Center, National Human Services Assembly, 2006— This overview of CHWs from the perspective of low-income families’ needs highlights the important role of CHWs in reaching vulnerable and underserved families. It reviews the challenges and opportunities for ensuring their place as a sustainable and effective component of health and human service delivery and includes helpful tables and resource lists.

Community Health Workers Toolkit

Rural Assistance Center, Health and Human Services Information for Rural America    —  This website provides tools to help you evaluate opportunities for developing a CHW program and develop a program for your area, including resources and best practices developed by successful programs. Each of eight modules concentrates on different aspects of CHW programs.

Community Health Workers: Part of the Solution

Rosenthal et. al. Health Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 7, 1338-1342, 2010 The authors’ recommendations and principles for developing the workforce of CHWs are backed by brief and informative discussion of CHWs’ roles, responsibilities, and contributions. Case studies from two states illustrate how CHWs can be supported and sustained by changes in systems and policies.

Community Health Workers: What do we know about them?

World Health Organization, 2007 This review of existing evidence on the feasibility and effectiveness of CHW programs worldwide assesses the many facets of CHW programs and provides recommendations for fully tapping the potential of this important health resource.

Conducting a Root Cause Analysis and Action Planning Process: Facilitator’s Guideyellow star icon indicating that the item is a JSI publication.

JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI) This tool provides an overview of root cause analysis and offers guidelines for facilitating one in your community to identify individual, interpersonal, community and social factors impacting teen pregnancy, and to recognize potential intervention points.

Creating Trauma-Informed Services: A Guide for Sexual Assault Programs and Their Systems Partners

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs This brief guide is full of helpful and insightful information and principles for developing trauma-informed services in many programs, including those serving teens.

Culturally-Sensitive Trauma-Informed Care

Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia This concise resource provides clear and thoughtful guidance for understanding cultural differences in the perception and interpretation of a trauma event and for providing trauma-informed care that acknowledges, respects, and integrates clients’ and families’ cultural values, beliefs, and practices.

Establishing a Holistic Framework to Reduce Inequities in HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and Tuberculosis in the United States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010— This white paper outlines the strategic vision to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. The purpose is to advance a holistic approach to the design of public health programs and thus improve the health of communities and increase their opportunities for healthy living.

A Guide to Promotora Programs

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., 2004– This guide describes different promotora program models, offers guidelines for implementing and evaluating promotora programs, and provides examples of promotora programs in operation across the nation.

Handling Disclosures of Trauma: Guidelines for EBI Facilitatorsyellow star icon indicating that the item is a JSI publication.

JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI) EBI sessions provide a “safe space” to discuss sensitive and personal issues, which for some youths may trigger disclosures of trauma, such as sexual abuse or dating violence. This job aid/guide sheet helps EBI facilitators to be prepared to handle such disclosures by teens participating in EBI sessions.

Healing the Hurt: Trauma-Informed Approaches to the Health of Boys and Young Men of Color

Drexel University School of Public Health and Drexel University College of Medicine – This commissioned paper offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the role of trauma and adversity in the lives of Latino and African American boys and young men, and examines trauma-informed approaches for improving their health.

Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt Teens

American Psychological Association — This booklet helps teens to recognize, prevent and get help in dealing with violence in dating and other peer relationships.

Break the Cycle, National Dating Abuse Helpline — This website aims to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network This website’s comprehensive section on types of trauma includes links to other sections where you can easily locate a wealth of additional resources organized by audience, including many that are focused on diverse adolescents.

Neighborhood-Level Influences on Young Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Behaviors

Am J Public Health, 2011 – This analysis linking data at the individual and community levels showed that the socioeconomic status of communities influenced the sexual and reproductive health of the young men in these communities. The findings point to the importance of considering neighborhood context when addressing young men’s sexual and reproductive health behaviors.

A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2010— This framework explores a simple and effective way to talk about the social determinants of health. The core message is centered on the idea that health starts where we live, learn, work and play.

Plain Talk: The Story of a Community-Based Strategy to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998– The real stories and lessons learned from the launching of this initiative in 5 distinctly different communities demonstrate that engaging and training community residents to deliver outreach and education to adults and teens can bring about real and positive change.

Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention— This workbook is designed for public health practitioners and partners interested in addressing social determinants of health in order to promote health and achieve health equity.

Race Matters: Unequal Opportunities for Adolescent Reproductive Health

The Annie E. Casey Foundation— This fact sheet highlights the barriers and consequences to unequal opportunity especially as it relates to adolescent reproductive health, and provides simple strategies to promote equal opportunities.

Race Matters: Unequal Opportunities for Health and Wellness

The Annie E. Casey Foundation— This fact sheet presents information related to why equal opportunities for health and wellness are important, the barriers, consequences of unequal opportunity, and strategies to address the inequalities. Supported by facts and relevant statistics, this four-page document provides useful information for a range of people from program managers to health care providers.

Answer, Rutgers University — This interactive website, produced by teens for teens, covers “hot topics” in sexual health including relationships, body development, abuse and violence, birth control, LGBTQ issues and more.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Exploring Out-of School Approaches

Best Start: Ontario’s Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada— This report includes a review of historical perspectives on teen pregnancy, explores assumptions that are made about teen pregnancy, the links to poverty and inequity, theoretical approaches, and provides examples of out-of-school teen pregnancy prevention initiatives.

Futures without Violence, Dept. of Justice, The Advertising Council — That’s Not Cool provides tools to help teens “draw a digital line” to deal with harassment, pressure and controlling behaviors by friends and significant others through texting and online.

Trauma-Informed Care for Children Exposed to Violence: Tips for Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Safe Start Center, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs— This tip sheet describes specific strategies and steps teen pregnancy prevention programs can take to build their capacity to provide trauma-informed services, helping to prevent and reduce the impact of exposure to violence on their teen clients.

Working with Diverse Communities: Strategies Guided by Best Practiceyellow star icon indicating that the item is a JSI publication.

JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI), 2012— To help Part A grantees to effectively address disparities and inequities in adolescent health, this document provides a list of recommended strategies specific to working with diverse communities around teen pregnancy prevention.