Post Date: May 20, 2020
“All of these conditions are inextricably linked to social determinants of health: conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age,” Kahn says. “Social determinants affect health outcomes, health risks, and quality of life and include neighborhoods, economic realities, education, social and community context, and health care. Those of us who care for adolescents have a deep understanding of the drivers of social determinants, including neighborhood crime and violence, poor access to health care, discrimination, incarceration, poverty, and food insecurity. And we understand that structural and systemic issues such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism exacerbate and even cause many of these conditions.”
“So why should we feel inspired, despite these threats and the challenges we face in our work and in our society? Because we in adolescent health and medicine are in the unbelievably privileged position to be able to address them and create change.”
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