Why We Exist
Many people think about genetics and medical care when they think about their health. But studies show that 60% of what determines our health is attributable to social, environmental, and behavioral factors.18 Because healthcare and social services operate independently in silos, it can be difficult to address these needs that are imperative in improving the health and lives of individuals.
Social Health Bridge leads the way in bridging the divide, enabling healthcare companies to work with community organizations to mitigate social determinants of health. The needs of each community are complex and require a whole person approach to develop sustainable solutions. Social Health Bridge helps its partners align and strengthen their efforts to achieve the outcomes most critical to the individuals and communities they serve.
The places and conditions where people work, live, and play matter – they meaningfully shape health and life outcomes. By implementing solutions that address health disparities, we can bridge the gap in care and provide access to quality resources to individuals in need.
ACCESS TO RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION PROMOTES HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE
- 3.6M Americans miss medical appointments or postpone medical care because of transportation issues.4
- Lack of transportation is attributed to decreased medication adherence and prescription refills.5
- 25% of health appointments are missed yearly due to lack of reliable transportation, compromising early detection of disease and impacting adverse health outcomes.6
WHAT YOU EAT CAN PUT YOU AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS
- 1 in 8 Americans experience food insecurity.7
- Low-income areas in the US have 25% less chain supermarkets available as middle-income area ZIP codes.8
- Rates of obesity and diabetes are lower in areas where there is increased access to healthy foods and a higher density of full–service restaurants and grocery stores.9
WHERE YOU LIVE IMPACTS YOUR HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY
- Unstable housing is estimated to cost the U.S. $111 billion in avoidable health and education costs over the next ten years.1
- Multiple moves in childhood can have a lifelong impact, including increased mental health and behavior concerns lasting through adolescence and into adulthood.2
- Your neighborhood can be an indicator of average life expectancy – which can vary by 20 years for people born and living only a few miles apart in the same city.3
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND OVERALL WELLBEING OF RESIDENTS
- The US violent crime rate is 386 per 100,000.17
- Children experiencing unstable home lives experience higher levels of distress, which impairs behaviors and academic success.10
- Areas of frequent violent crimes experience lower park-use, negatively impacting public health.11
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND CARE SETTINGS SIGNIFICANTLY INFLUENCE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Unstable environments affect a child’s sense of security causing stress that can affect their cognitive and emotional development.12
- Inconsistency in caregivers can cause a child to have a sense of instability, which can lead to social and emotional development challenges.
- Children who do not receive any source of early childhood education experience lower academic skills and are less receptive to positive learning behaviors.13
SOCIAL INTERACTION IS AS IMPORTANT TO YOUR HEALTH AS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
- Over 42 million Americans experience social isolation.14
- Health risks of prolonged isolation equate to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.15
- Social isolation is associated with higher risks of developing health conditions such as depression, heart disease, and dementia.16
2. US Housing Insecurity and the Health of Very Young Children Am J Public Health. 2011 August; 101(8): 1508–1514.