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2022-2024 Social Determinants of Health Strategy

Health begins in our communities, homes, and the places where we live, work and grow.

The community we are born into, the home we live in, and our schools and places of work are some of many factors that are collectively referred to as the social determinants of health (SDOH). These social and economic factors significantly impact health outcomes and are the driving forces of health disparities.

Source: University of Michigan School of Public Health

The MDHHS Policy and Planning team is leading the development of an innovative, collaborative statewide Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Strategy, entitled Michigan's Roadmap to Healthy Communities.

Watch: What are the Social Determinants of Health?

Source:  University of Michigan School of Public Health

An innovative, collaborative approach to addressing the SDOH

The 2022-2024 MDHHS Social Determinants of Health Strategy builds upon existing efforts to address the social determinants of health, with a focused approach to align efforts at the state and local level for a greater impact in communities.

SDOH Strategy Phase I Launch (from the External Partner Webinar)

View the Full Strategy Document (April 2022)


Strategy Framework At-A-Glance

View the SDOH Strategy Overview (April 2022)

Three focus areas establish the foundation for the 2022 overarching strategy: health equity, housing stability, and food security. MDHHS will continue to administer and support SDOH efforts in all domains; however, a focused effort on health equity, housing stability, and food security will allow Michigan to connect efforts at the state, local, and community level for a greater impact as well as allow for more in-depth policy and program review.

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Health Equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.


- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
 house image Housing Stability means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to safe, sufficient, and secure housing that meets their needs for a healthy life.
 Healthy Food  Food Security means that all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.



The intersection of focus areas

Many people experiencing housing instability and food insecurity live in underinvested neighborhoods and end up living in areas that lack additional resources, including healthy housing, good schools, quality healthcare, employment opportunities, and nutritious, affordable food. As the strategy progresses, connections between the focus areas and additional social determinants of health will be explored to guide future efforts.

To better align our efforts for a greater impact, in 2022, the SDOH Strategy seeks opportunities for improvement and alignment by reviewing current State of Michigan administered programs.  Surveying the current landscape and aligning efforts is key.

In 2023 and beyond, the Social Determinants of Health Strategy will maintain improvement and alignment efforts, while broadening its approach to make space for innovation as new initiatives and cross-cutting policies to address upstream prevention will be explored and implemented. MDHHS will continue to support Health in All Policies efforts and will serve as a bridge to remove barriers and leverage opportunities to ensure that a health lens is applied.


The strategy was developed through a collaborative process of engagement with social determinants of health partners, including stakeholders throughout the department, state agency partners, and local community partners. We invite you to participate in upcoming opportunities to share your opinion:

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Michigan’s Roadmap to Healthy Communities

Full Strategy Document