Track Description:

The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) track features thirteen presentations addressing four SDOH elements: health equity, LGBTQ education, trauma, and mental health and housing. Social Determinants of Health are the conditions where people are born, live, work, and socialize that are shaped by resources, money, and power which promote health inequities and impact the overall health of individuals and communities. This track will explore SDOH within the context of these four elements and identify how organizations, public health programs, health departments, and providers can assess and respond in order to address client needs to impact overall health and wellness. 

Track Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how to use data to guide the development of programs, provision of services, and allocation of resources to address Social Determinants of Health.

  2. Describe how to address Social Determinants of Health specific to LGBT communities.

  3. Explain the impact that trauma has on the Social Determinants of Health. 

  4. Identify strategies to assess mental health and housing needs of patients/clients that impact overall health outcomes. 

  5. Develop a plan to incorporate practical strategies to address Social Determinants of Health into practice. 

Session #1: Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity

Session Title: Live, Work, Play, and Stay: Exploring Social Determinants of Health and the Impact on Health Equity 

Session Description:
This session will provide the learner with guidance on how to address the Social Determinants of Health (SODH) which impact health equity through measurement, mapping, data collection and analysis, and evaluation. Presenters will also address incorporating practical strategies, and stakeholder engagement to create client/patient-centered services that reduce stigma and increase engagement. 

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how to access and apply data toward organizational efforts to engage clients and optimize partnerships.

  2. Assess the effect of Social Determinants on HIV transmission, as well as the impact on treatment and adherence. 

  3. Identify strategies to measure Social Determinants of Health in your practice to monitor patient health, improve programs, and target resources more effectively. 

  4. Determine how to incorporate stakeholder feedback into quality improvement plans to impact treatment cascades. 

Session #2: LGBTQ Education Around Social Determinants of Health

Session Title: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health and LGBTQ Education Across the Lifespan

Session Description:
This session will explore the importance of providing LGBTQ+ focused education and care to address Social Determinants of Health from youth through adulthood. Presentations will address challenges in providing LGBTQ-focused care particularly in a politically charged atmosphere, generalizable lessons learned, as well as how to build provider capacity for cultural responsiveness to improve health outcomes for patients. Furthermore, this session will share best practices with regard to LGBTQ inclusion in sexual health education for youth. 

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how to implement best practices with organizations to provide education, research, and community engagement with regard to LGBTQ-focused care.

  2. Describe how to improve provider capacity with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity to improve HIV screening for patients. 

  3. Identify community or school-based programs that positively impact LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health programming. 

Session #3: Trauma and Social Determinants of Health

Session Title: The Impact of Trauma on Social Determinants of Health: Combating Discrimination Based on HIV-Status and Opioid Use Disorder

Session Description:

This session will examine how trauma impacts Social Determinants of Health and health outcomes. The first presentation will address the role of trauma and discrimination on risk behaviors, coping, and engagement for patients, as well as coping and engagement for providers. Marginalized individuals may experience trauma that we do not frequently thoroughly address, and there is often stigma and shame around trauma; providers can experience secondary trauma from the experiences of clients and patients as well. The second presentation will address how the American with Disabilities Act can be utilized to protect individuals with HIV and Opioid Use Disorder from discrimination based on either of those diagnoses.

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how trauma and secondary trauma affects the patient-provider encounter. 

  2. Define trans-generational trauma and how it affects Social Determinants of Health. 

  3. Identify ways to incorporate tools into practice to assess patient/client trans-generational trauma.

  4. Determine how to identify illegal discrimination against persons with HIV, Opioid Use Disorder, and other disabilities in employment, housing, and the provision of public and private services.

  5. Identify access points for additional information about discrimination.

Session #4: Mental Health, Housing, and Social Determinants of Health

Session Title: Two Critical Components in Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Mental Health & Housing

Session Description:
This session will address the two critical components of mental health and housing for addressing Social Determinants of Health. It is critical when addressing mental health issues with patients to also examine substance use and how this impacts vulnerability to HIV and other negative health outcomes. Stigma around mental health issues, HIV, and substance also can negatively impact engagement and retention in care, medication adherence, and overall health outcomes. 

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the relationship between HIV, mental health, and substance use and the risk of HIV infection. 

  2. Identify tools for assessing mental health disorders in patients with HIV. 

  3. Identify strategies to assessing mental health and housing needs of patients/clients that impact overall health outcomes. 

  4. Compare sociodemographic and HIV care outcome differences between clients with a reported mental health diagnosis to those clients without.