Over the past few weeks, the Springbuk team has been talking a lot about social determinants of health.
In our last video, we spoke on the five overarching themes related to our communities and the challenges employers face while trying to address them. As we think about how employers can have a more direct impact on social determinants, we use a stream or river analogy, with the upstream being our community-level initiatives.
As we move downstream, we focus more on employer-level initiatives that are tailored to the individual and social needs of employees and their families.
At this downstream or midstream level, we have much more opportunity for employers to gain traction and impact their member populations. Similar to the five themes of community initiatives, we focus on five key levers that employers can influence, including:
- Income: such as hourly rates, salary, and retirement contributions
- Childcare: such as access to affordable childcare and eldercare
- Access to Healthcare: health equity and affordable health care coverage
- Housing Instability and Transportation: access to affordable housing, safe housing, and reliable transportation
- Food Access and Insecurity: access to healthy foods, food insecurity, and food swamps
By addressing these levers, employers are poised to directly impact their employees’ lives and the 50+ percent of the factors impacting overall health and health equity.
In our next video blog, we'll discuss six data informing strategies using social determinants that Springbuk is evaluating. And if you're interested in learning more about social determinants of health or Springbuk's perspective, be sure to download the e-book we've linked below:
Jennifer Jones, MSM RD, Population Health Practice Leader
Jennifer is an experienced healthcare professional with a background in clinical dietetics, wellness programming, and employer health. With over 15 years of experience, she has worked in various settings, including healthcare systems, occupational health organizations and health, and welfare benefits advisory firms. After working directly with patients and employees, Jennifer joined Springbuk, where she serves as the Population Health Practice Leader, and turned her focus to population and employer health to achieve a greater impact on health outcomes.