Social Determinants of Health Research
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) comprise the social and structural ecology in which we live, grow, work, and age. The Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP) at HWCOM incorporates service-learning, population health, and research centered on the construct of “household-centered care.”
An approach to the delivery of health services, household-centered care emphasizes interprofessional collaboration and the integration of primary care, behavioral health, and social services to improve the health outcomes of underserved households in Miami-Dade County.
David Brown, MD, serves as the lead for the initiative. He had a major role in building NeighborhoodHELP and is one of the leaders of the AAMC Core EPA Pilot, where he has become internationally recognized for his expertise in interprofessional collaboration and entrustment.
NeighborhoodHELP provides a multi-level social, behavioral, and clinical community intervention infrastructure designed to prepare medical, nursing, social work, and physician assistant students for practice, while improving social and health outcomes for participating households. This environment also provides an innovative community infrastructure for population health research incorporating the SDOH.
HWCOM faculty members also conduct health disparities research, a topic closely linked to SDOH, through the HWCOM medical student Research Scholarship Course.