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What Are Social Determinants of Health?

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies, racism, climate change, and political systems. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adopted this SDOH definition from the World Health Organization  

Wellness comprises of eight mutually co-dependent dimensions: emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and financial.

The Bullard Center For Environmental Justice 

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The Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice was launched to address longstanding issues of systemic inequality and structural racism that cause disproportionate pain, suffering and death in Black and other people of color communities.


Exploring the Green Divide


ecoWURD is a multimedia environmental justice journalism initiative examining Black communities at the intersection of race, health, income & the environment.

Reporting and conversations on ecoWURD explore the most pressing issues facing Black people locally, nationally and globally, illustrating the connection between environmental racism, climate change, economic opportunities and our communities.  Philadelphia will serve as a prime example of this link, as it remains the poorest big city in the United States, a majority-Black urban center of 1.6 million people where African American residents are perpetually battling broader issues of air quality, water quality, residential displacement, pollution, climate change and toxicity.  These challenges both instigate and aggravate stubborn racial and socioeconomic disparities.


The mission of ecoWURD is to report on how environmental issues uniquely impact Black communities across the nation and the world.

Interlocking Justice with AnaYelsi

Educator. Consultant. Writer. Artist.

"Conversations about implicit bias and microaggressions may be a starting place but they are never the focal or end point. She contracts with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, businesses, and individuals that seek to build an accessible and sustainable movement for liberation that accounts for the need for both personal transformation and structural change.

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