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Social Determinants of Health: Identifying Risks and Protective Factors for Children and Families

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Dramatic advances in a wide range of biological, behavioral, and social sciences have shown that each child’s future depends on genetic predispositions (the biology) and early environmental influences (the ecology), which affect later abilities to play, learn, work, and be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy (Bright Futures 4th ed.). These are the social determinants of health, the social and physical environments that influence the growth and development of children.  Nurses play an important role in ensuring that the social determinants of health are considered during each interaction with pediatric clients and their families.

The focus of this teaching strategy is on the social determinants of health as they relate to the pediatric population. Learners will have the opportunity to identify key social determinant risks and protective factors and discover local community resources for families and children.

Social Determinants of Health: Identifying Risks and Protective Factors for Children and Families