Social Determinants of Health

 https://www.aap.org/en-us/ImagesLogos/screening_banner.png

Social Determinants of Health


The AAP recommends surveillance for risk factors related to social determinants of health during all patient encounters. Practices can use a written screener or verbally ask family members questions about basic needs such as food, housing, and heat. ​

Browse the resources on this page for information and tools on screening, referral, and follow-up for social determinants of health and managing psychosocial concerns.

Advertising Disclaimer
National Parent Helpline2020NoHelplineHelpline that parents can contact for emotional support.
The Resilience Project2020YesPosterPosters with messages on the important role that parents play in protecting their children from toxic stress.
Sesame Street in Communities2020NoWebsiteWeb site with professional development resources for providers that work with children as well as numerous resources for families focused on development, trauma, and resilience.
Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, & the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science into Lifelong Health2016YesPolicyPolicy statement providing an overview of how a child's environment interacts with biological predispositions to affect lifelong physical and mental health.
Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Physicians2020NoToolkitToolkit providing guidance on incorporating the food screening process into practice workflow, choosing the right tool, and intervening to help address food insecurity.
Poverty and Child Health2020YesWebsiteAAP resources on the impact of poverty on children's health, including practice tips and advocacy ideas.
Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care 2014YesWebsiteSeries designed to assist pediatric health care providers with the process of asking families about exposure to adverse childhood experiences or other traumatic events .
Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Screening for Social Determinants of Health2016NoArticleArticle providing guidance on avoiding the potential harms of social determinants screening.
The EveryONE Project2020NoWebsiteInitiative from the American Academy of Family Physicians to assist practices in addressing social determinants of health. The site includes a toolkit with numerous resources.
Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science Into Lifelong Health2016YesPolicyPolicy statement providing an overview of how a child’s environment interacts with biological predispositions to affect lifelong physical and mental health.
The Evaluation of Suspected Child Physical Abuse2015YesPolicyPolicy statement on the role that pediatricians play in identifying suspicious injuries, reporting physical abuse to the proper authorities, supporting affected families, and coordinating with resources in the community
The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress2016YesTechnical ReportReport presenting an ecobiodevelopmental framework that shows how early experiences can impact genetic predispositions that affect brain architecture and long-term health outcomes.
Mediators and Adverse Effects of Child Poverty in the United States2016YesTechnical ReportTechnical report describing current evidence on the impact of poverty on child health and development.
Poverty and Child Health in the United States2016YesPolicyPolicy statement discussing the impact of poverty on child health and ways in which pediatricians can help mitigate the effects of poverty, both for individual patients and through broader advocacy.
Promoting Food Security for All Children2015YesPolicyPolicy statement providing guidance on how pediatricians can play a key role in screening and identifying children at risk for food insecurity, connecting families with needed community resources, and advocating for federal and state policies supporting a
1 - 15Next