Social Determinants of Health Curriculum for Clinicians

Built around the proactive concept of upstream care, the series was developed with Rishi Manchanda, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO at HealthBegins, an organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening the work of frontline clinicians and community partners to improve care and address the social determinants of health (SDoH). The AHA's Physician Alliance has developed resources to help clinicians address social determinants of health within a framework that maximizes their skills while helping organizations systematically approach these challenges.


SDoH education


SDoH food


Virtual Expedition Modules

A series on how healthcare leaders use upstream quality improvement to address SDoH inequities.

SDoH health behaviors


SDoH housing


Four Keys to Applying Quality Performance Tools and Tackling SDoH

An AHA STAT Blog focusing on how to use existing skills and resources to tackle SDoH.

SDoH social support


SDoH employment


HealthBegins Resources

HealthBegins, a professional home for Upstreamists, has developed resources to improve communication about and address health-related social needs and social determinants of health.

SDoH violence


SDoH transportation


Screening for Social Needs:  Guiding Care Teams to Engage Patients

AHA's The Value Initiative developed this tool to help hospitals and health systems facilitate sensitive conversations with patients about their nonmedical needs that may be a barrier to good health.



The AHA, HRET and ACHI are working to support hospitals and health systems as they address social determinants of health, eliminate health care disparities and provide comprehensive care to every patient in every community—all of which improve community health. Visit the Population and Community Health resources for more tools on SDoH topics: