Common Health for the Commonwealth 9th Edition: Report on Preventable Conditions and Social Determinants of Health

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Common Health Report Cover
Abby Animashaun, MPH
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Robert W. Seifert, MPA
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Massachusetts Health Council

The ninth edition of Common Health for the Commonwealth updates data and trends on preventable health conditions and social factors affecting the health of Massachusetts residents. The report covers:

  • Social Determinants of Health — the broad social, economic, and environmental factors — such as poverty, education, housing, and nutrition — that affect people’s health;
  • Health Risk Factors — individual behaviors or personal characteristics, such as tobacco use, that affect health;
  • Preventable Health Conditions — the chronic conditions (for example, asthma, obesity, oral disease) whose incidence may be reduced or managed through education, prevention, accessible and affordable treatment, and other approaches.

Report co-author Robert Seifert spoke with the Telegram & Gazette about the findings in the report, specifically that access to care and affordability are a challenge.