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Social Determinants of Health and Community-based Interventions

This article was originally published on November 7, 2017 and expired on November 16, 2017. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

URBANA, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension’s Community and Economic Development team will host a free webinar, Social Determinants of Health and Community-based Interventions, presented by Dr. Sameer Vohra, SIU School of Medicine, from Noon-1PM, Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.  Research has found that up to 80 percent of an individual’s health is determined by factors outside the health care system.  These factors – socioeconomic status, health behaviors, and physical environment – are known as the social determinants of health and explain the vast disparities in health outcome status across the country.  Social determinants have increasingly become a focus of health care systems aiming to improve the health of individuals and populations.  Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is one such system establishing an Office of Population Science and Policy to find innovative solutions to improve health outcomes in a 66 county service region in central and southern Illinois.  This presentation aims to describe the social determinants of health, the role they play in our country’s health disparities, and innovative solutions happening in Illinois and across the country to help address them. 

Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP is the Founding Executive Director of Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine’s Office of Population Science and Policy, a research and policy organization aiming to improve health outcomes in central and southern Illinois.  A general pediatrician, Dr. Vohra is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Humanities, and Law.  Dr. Vohra completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago.  He earned a Master of Arts in public policy at the University of Chicago, a medical doctorate at SIU SOM, a juris doctorate, graduating first in his class, at SIU School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors at Northwestern University.  Dr. Vohra has received several honors including a United States Fulbright Scholarship in 2009, 2014 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, named an Edgar Fellow in 2016, one of 40 emerging political and policy leaders in Illinois, and was most recently named to Springfield Business Journal’s 40 under Forty. 

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at esarey@illinois.edu more information.

Source: Nancy Ouedraogo, Extension Specialist, Community Economic Development, esarey@illinois.edu

Pull date: November 16, 2017