TEDMED Discussion 1/13 12pm EST on Social Determinants Vital Signs

Join a Live Online Event: Thursday January 13 at 12:00 PM EST

Hello Stephen,

How can we work towards making social determinants a true vital sign? Please join us as we discuss this question and others during our next Great Challenges online event. Moderated by Philadelphia NPR Senior Health Reporter Taunya English, our multidisciplinary group of experts will be discussing how we can work towards incorporating social determinants of health, such as housing and education, into everyday clinical encounters.

We’ve all experienced a doctor visit. The physician measures your blood pressure, pulse, breathing, and temperature. They may ask about personal or family history of specific diseases or even inquire about eating or exercise habits. Rarely, however, do they ask about your income or education, access to healthy foods, the safety of your home, or the stability of your personal life. And yet, we know that 40 percent of one’s health is shaped by socioeconomic factors, and only 20 percent by clinical care. 
So why aren’t these social determinants of health considered “vital signs”? 
What can we do to encourage healthcare practitioners to go beyond assessing only the physical body? 
How can we train future healthcare providers to ask these important questions?
Join us for a live online event Tuesday, January 13 at noon EST to discuss these issues and more with experts on the topic. 
Moderator: Taunya English, WHYY - NPR PhiladelphiaPedro "Joe" Greer, Florida International University College of MedicineManmeet Kaur, City Health Works
Marc Nivet, American Association of Medical CollegesYolande Pengetnze, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
 Get started today by tweeting your questions and comments and tagging them#GreatChallenges - we’ll address as many as we can on air. 
To learn more about the Great Challenges program, click here.  

If you are passionate about creating a healthier world, we encourage you to apply to attend TEDMED 2015 and embark on an amazing journey of possibilities this fall. Exact dates and location to be announced soon!

We’ll see you online!

-The TEDMED Team

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