Abstract for: A Conceptual Model of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and intervention impact on Population Health

People’s health and survival are all affected by the broader social factors that influence the conditions in which people live, grow, work, and interact with others. Research has shown that the basic measure of health is more closely associated with social service spending than health spending. Based on an extensive literature review and engagement with community health experts with significant experience in population health, a system dynamics model was developed to capture the dynamic interactions among SDoH factors and simulate the short-term and long-term effectiveness of hypothesized interventions on population health (with CVD as a proxy). The results from the stylized model suggest that investment in SDoH has the potential to significantly improve population health (healthy population), and reduce the risk of CVD among the population.