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Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Continuing Medical Education Information

Course Description:


Statement of Need:

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, play, and pray that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life risks and outcomes.

SDOH can be grouped into five domains: education access and quality, health care access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, social and community context, and economic stability.

Kentuckians have higher rates of diabetes, cardiovascular deaths, and cancer deaths than many other states. Kentucky also has high poverty rates, racial inequality, and deep urban/rural divide. Kentucky’s rates of smoking and air pollution are higher than the national average, while access to exercise opportunities and healthy food are lower than the national average.

Some Kentuckians face more barriers to health than others – including people with low incomes, many of whom live in rural parts of the state including eastern Kentucky. The Appalachian portion of Kentucky has notably higher rates of mortality from heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke and diabetes than the non-Appalachian portion of the state.

Almost 13% of Kentuckians experience food insecurity, according to Feeding Kentucky. That percentage represents 579,770 Kentuckians, including 154,290 kids. Kentucky has some of the highest rates of older adult hunger in the country, according to Feeding Kentucky. 14.6% of adults aged 50-59 are food insecure. That national average is about 9.4%.

In Kentucky, every one in six kids also experiences hunger, the group says.


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All planners and speakers disclose that they have no relevant relationships with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Commercial Support: There is no commercial support associated with this activity.

Accreditation and Designation:
The Kentucky Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Kentucky Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for 1.oo AMA PRA Category 1 credit.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

National Academy of Medicine Social Determinants of Health 101 for Health Care: Five Plus Five

Anemia: Not the New Normal

Taking stock of the social determinants of health: A scoping review


Louisville Food Security two-pager

KMA digital resources PowerPoint

Estimated Time to Complete: This module will take approximately 4.5 hours to complete.

Method of Participation Used: Participants will view and listen to a recorded lecture while simultaneously viewing slides.

Hardware/Software Requirements: High speed internet connection

Meeting Planner: Miranda Mosley, Rachel Crouch

Connie White, M.D., Ursula Mullins, PhD, Sarah Moyer, M.D., Jennifer Gray, M.D., Maria Braman, M.D., Carolyn Burns, M.D., and Kelly McCants, M.D.

Speaker Biographies: Click here

Moderator: Monalisa Tailor, M.D.

Provider Contact Information: Miranda Mosley, Kentucky Medical Association

Copyright: There is no copyright associated with this activity

Release Date: August 2023           

Termination Date: August 2024


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