Social Needs vs Social Determinants of Health: What Is the Difference and How to Document them At the Local Level

Social Determinants of Health have increasingly filtered into the public health vocabulary over the past few years and, recently, featured prominently in the Healthy People 2030 framework. Some terminology you may not be as familiar with though, is “social needs.” Social needs and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), while they sound similar, address two different [...]

Addressing Root Causes: Trauma-Informed Practice (Part 2)

How to Employ Trauma-Informed Practice In Part 1 of this article, I shared about a webinar I attended on trauma-informed practice, hosted by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice out of the University of Washington titled, "Trauma-Informed Practice - A Rural Perspective". The presenter was Karolyn Holden, BSN, RN, Director of Grays Harbor County [...]

Addressing Root Causes: Trauma-Informed Practice (Part 1)

Our blog article entitled, "Public Health 3.0 or Public Health Modernization: What is it and What Does it Mean? (Part 2)" touched on ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, and how public health departments can strategically head off poor health outcomes by addressing the root cause (such as addressing ACEs) early on. In March, I had [...]

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