The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and include a larger set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.
The health of people is also impacted by things such as: 1) access to social and economic opportunities; 2) the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; 3) the quality of our schooling; 4) the safety of our workplaces; 5) the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and 6) the nature of our social interactions and relationships.
These factors can contribute to why Morrow County residents may not be as healthy as residents of other counties in Ohio. One example of this is that 12% of Morrow County residents were living in poverty at the time of the last assessment, with 21% of the Morrow County’s children and youth ages 0 – 17 years of age living in poverty. Living in poverty has been known to negatively impact health.