A new study by California state public health officials has concluded that demographic factors have a major influence on individuals’ health.

Among the social determinants of health specifically cited in the study are education, employment status, gender identity, race and ethnicity, income, and sexual orientation.

iStock_000005787159XSmallIn Portrait of Promise: The California Statewide Plan to Promote Health and Mental Health Equity, the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity identifies and describes the socio-economic determinants of health that influence health status and proposes interventions for overcoming those challenges.

NAUH has long pointed to such challenges as one of the chief distinctions between private safety-net hospitals and the typical American hospital.

See the report here.