Health Care Measures and Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)

Historically, attempts to improve U.S. health care have focused on the health care system as a critical driver of health and health outcomes. In recent years, there has been a heightened awareness and recognition that improving health and decreasing health inequity depend on addressing other social, racial, economic, and environmental needs that influence health and access to health care.

The Health Care Measures and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) dashboard provides an opportunity to explore the relationship between health care measures and the socioeconomic conditions that can impact health outcomes for residents living in Colorado’s neighborhoods. For this analysis, health care measures were selected from the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) Community Dashboard. Based on claims from the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD), the Community Dashboard is an interactive report that provides data to understand how different aspects of health care – cost, utilization of services, access to care, use of preventive services and treatment for chronic conditions – vary across Colorado.

Key Considerations

  • The health care measures in this analysis includes all public and private health insurance payers submitting data to the CO APCD, which represents the majority of covered lives (70% of medically insured) in the state. The CO APCD does not include roughly half of the self-insured employer covered lives and does not include federal programs such as Tricare, Indian Health Services and the VA.
  • Maps displayed in the report use the 2019 Census tract definitions.

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