As efforts to improve health in the U.S. look past traditional health care systems as the key driver of health and health outcomes, there has been increased recognition that improving health and achieving health equity will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. Social determinants of health include factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care. 

This brief provides an overview of these social determinants of health and discusses emerging initiatives to address them.

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NCCAA's Healthy Home Initiative is designed to do just that. The $1 Million grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield NC was awarded to 10 agencies serving 56 rural counties in NC. The grant supports the cost of health and safety repairs to improve air quality in the home and/or make the home safer to live in.