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he Social Determinants of Health:Role of Health Care WorkersThe Social Determinants of HealthSocial determinants of health are economic and social factors that impact ourhealth (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [ODPHP], 2020). They caninfluence our health status positively or negatively. There are twelve internationally agreedfactors whose conditions must be satisfied to attain good health (ODPHP, 2020). These healthprerequisites (social determinants of health) cut across all geographical boundaries and arerelevant in both rural and urban settings. The social determinants of health influence how anindividual or a community moves along the illness wellness continuum. Developing countriescarry over 80% of the world’s disease burden, this can be attributed to unmet health need(ODPHP, 2020). Failure to address the social determinants of health in these resource-limitedsettings could be due to the lack of adequate policies to make health a priority. In developedcountries, the burden of diseases is shifting from communicable to non-communicable andlifestyle diseases like cardiovascular disorders (ODPHP, 2020). The increasing prevalence ofnon-communicable has been associated with a sedentary lifestyle, the foodstuff we eat, andthe kind of work we do-all these are social determinants of health.It has been argued that the social and economic status of individuals (the socialgradient) affect their health throughout their life cycle. Most diseases are common in thosewith a low social gradient (ODPHP, 2020). For example, an individual who cannot afford

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health care workers, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, overutilization, Underutilization

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