Reducing Health Care Disparities within the Social Determinants of Health Framework

Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations

  • Measuring That Matters
  • Partnering with Purpose

North Star Recommendations

  • Strategic Partnerships

The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the inequities of our current health care systems. People of color and lower socioeconomic status face more barriers to access care for themselves and others. This three-speaker series starts with a deep dive into the political determinants of health to understand the root causes of these inequities. 

Then uncover strategies for increasing health equity. Learn about Appreciative Inquiry, an approach that helps to reduce inequities by engaging people in designing systems around their goals and aspirations. Another way to approach inequities in care access is for community-based organizations to partner with health care providers Explore creating win-win partnerships that leverage community-based organizations’ strengths and health care organizations’ strengths to create better outcomes for communities. Participants will also learn to analyze their work within the social determinants of health framework to develop an action plan to get started. 


All sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing through Dec. 22, 2020 for paid registrants. 

Session 1: Solving for Health Equity: The National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)

Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m.-Noon CT

Representatives from Morehouse School of Medicine will discuss how the political determinants of health are playing a role in creating the health disparities seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will share the history of systemic barriers related to access to care and other factors that impact our ability to achieve health equity. Additionally, discuss how the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network, will work across communities to mitigate the disease among vulnerable populations. 


  • Understand how Political Determinants Impacted the COVID19 Crisis
  • Learn how COVID19 affected vulnerable populations
  • Learn how Morehouse School of Medicine will impact health equity through the National Resiliency Network
  • Learn how community organizations can participate in ongoing efforts to reduce health disparities through the NCRN


  • Brittaney J. Bethea, director, director of communications and dissemination for the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN), Morehouse School of Medicine

Session 2: Effective Ways to Reduce Health Disparities Through Partnerships

Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m.-Noon CT 

As we all know, our community-based and human service agencies play a critical role in partnering with people to build assets in neighborhoods. These assets are key social factors, that contribute to the health and well-being of an individual which impacts the environment they live in and around. Research tells us, that these influences, which are referred to as Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), or non-medical factors, that impact one’s ultimate health, provide opportunities for people to thrive. Participate in this session, hosted by industry experts from Health Management Associates, to learn how CBOs and other key stakeholders can partner, to impact the health and wellbeing of communities.


  • Learn the role Social Determinants of Health plays in the health and wellbeing of an individual
  • Understand how the COVID19 Crisis impacted social needs of vulnerable populations
  • Learn about strategies to partner through community echo systems including health care organizations
  • Learn the role CBOs play in meeting the health and wellbeing of the community


  • Uma Ahluwalia, managing principal, Health Management Associates

Session 3: Using WIN Measures

Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m.-Noon CT

The Well-Being In the Nation Measures show connections between social conditions, health, community, and well-being. This resource has been created with more than 100 organizations and communities and is supported by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Explore these simple, powerful measures to understand the big picture of our well-being as a nation and how to measure your impact on health equity. Dig into the data to see what shapes health disparities for different groups in your community and develop solutions. 


  • Become aware the WIN measures
  • Learn how to put the measures into practice
  • Learn how the WIN measures, through practice, help to improve health equity


  • Somava Saha, executive lead, Well Being In the Nation (WIN) Network

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