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How Employers Can Address Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health

Expanding access to the healthcare system has traditionally been a key strategy to improve health outcomes. But we’ve recently seen a growing emphasis on a more holistic approach focusing on social factors that impact an individual’s health, well-being and quality of life. These factors, such as income, access to food, safe housing, education and job opportunities, are known as social determinants of health.

Employers may be unaware of how social determinants of health impact employees. Understanding the broader barriers to health and well-being can help employers identify the social factors that may be impacting their workforce. This knowledge enables employers to more effectively and holistically improve employee health outcomes by offering benefits that best align with their employees’ needs and wants.

Not only could this improve their employees’ health outcomes, but it may lead to a more productive and loyal workforce and lower overall healthcare expenses.

Read our full Benefits Insights to learn more about how social determinants of health impact employees and how some employers are addressing it.

For more information about employee benefits, our services and products, contact HANYS Benefit Services by email or call 800.388.1963.

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