TFAH Applauds the Introduction of the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 by Senator Smith (MN) and Senator Murphy (CT)


(Washington, DC – August 5, 2020) – Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a non-partisan, independent public health policy, research and advocacy organization, applauds Senators Tina Smith (MN) and Chris Murphy (CT) for introducing the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020. This critical bill would address the social, economic and environmental conditions that affect the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans.

If enacted, the bill would create a Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Program at the   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through grants, this program would improve the capacity of public health departments and community organizations to address social determinants of health and reduce health care costs by building multi-sector collaborations and addressing policies that currently inhibit good health. Grants would also be issued to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education to conduct research on SDOH best practices, provide technical, training and evaluation assistance and/or disseminate those best practices. Lastly, the program would coordinate, support and align SDOH activities at CDC.

The President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, John Auerbach, congratulates Sen. Smith and Sen. Murphy on the introduction of the bill:

The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the continued conversations our country is having about racism and racial justice, continue to put a spotlight on the social and economic conditions that contribute to an individual’s health outcomes during their life.

We know that a community’s resources directly impact the health outcomes of its residents. Now is the time to work to address these disparities, including those in housing, employment, food security and education.

This legislation would empower public health departments and community organizations to act as chief health strategists in their communities and lead efforts to convene partners across sectors to build integrated systems and programs that improve health and health equity.

The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 is an important next step in improving health outcomes, would reduce overall healthcare spending and help address health inequities; TFAH is proud to support this bill and urges Congressional support.”

This bill is the Senate companion bill to Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 (H.R. 6561), which was introduced by Representative Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) in April 2020.

TFAH’s summary of the bill can be found here.  For more information on The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020, please contact Daphne Delgado at [email protected].

In addition to TFAH, original endorsing organizations include:

1,000 Days

A Vision of Change Inc.

Addiction Professionals of North Carolina

Addiction Connections Resource

All Youth Access, LLC

Aligning for Health

America’s Essential Hospitals

American Art Therapy Association

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

American Association of Birth Centers

American Association on Health and Disability

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American College of Nurse-Midwives

American College of Preventative Medicine

American Federation of Teachers

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

American Institute for Cancer Research

American Kidney Fund

American Medical Student Association

American Public Health Association

Anders & Associates

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

APLA Health

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Autism Family Services of New Jersey

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Behavioral Health Association of Providers

Berean Wellness & Community Support Center

Better Health Partnership

Bike Cleveland

Blue Shield of California

Bridges Into the Future

Brighter Beginnings

Brooklyn Perinatal Network Inc

Build Healthy Places Network

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network


Caregivers of New Jersey

Center for Civil Justice

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Ceres Community Project

ChangeLab Solutions

Chicago Youth Programs, Inc.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition

Cleveland Public Library

Coalition for Disability Health Equity

Commission on the Public’s Health System

Common Threads

Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP)- Brooklyn Chapter

Community Catalyst

Community Cup Classic Foundation

Community Engagement Studio of Flint

Community Health Councils

Community Resilience Initiative

Congregation of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)

Cook County Department of Public Health

Counter Tools

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Deborah’s Place

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Epilepsy Alliance America

Epilepsy Information Service of Wake Forest

Epilepsy Services of NJ

Epilepsy Services of New Jersey

Equality California

Equality North Carolina

Families USA

Farmworker Justice

Flint Association of Black Social Workers

flint rising

Flint Women’s Study Community Action Network

Florida Institute for Health Innovation

George Washington University Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement

Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Greater Flint Health Coalition

GSK Consumer Healthcare

Health by Design

Health Leadership Legacy Project

Health Outreach Partners

Health Resources in Action

Health Care Improvement Foundation

Healthy Chesapeake

Healthy Kinder International

Hispanic Federation

Human Impact Partners

Human Rights Campaign

Illinois Association of Behavioral Health

Indiana Public Health Association

Impetus –  Let’s Get Started LLC

Japanese American Citizens League

Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Justice in Aging

Lakeshore Foundation

Lanai Community Health Center

Latino Coalition for a Health CA

Lutheran Services in America

Maine Public Health Association

March of Dimes

MaryCatherine Jones Consulting, LLC

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network)

Midwest Asian Health Association



Move United



National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Association for Rural Mental Health

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

National Association of Community Health Workers

National Association of Counties

National Association of County Behavioral Health & Development Disability Directors

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of School Nurses

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Collaborative for Education to Address the Social Determinants of Health

National Council of Jewish Women

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Medical Association (NMA)

National Network of Public Health Institutes

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Recreation and Park Association

National Register of Health Service Psychologists

National WIC Association

National Working Positive Coalition

Nemours Children’s Health System


Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials (NJACCHO)

New Jersey Public Health Association

NOELA Community Health Center

North Carolina Alliance for Health

North Central Public Health District

North Dakota Rural Health Association

Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region

NOVA ScriptsCentral

One Joplin

Oregon Vision Coalition


PFLAG National

Physicians for Social Responsibility, AZ Chapter

Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles

Piedmont Access To Health Services, Inc.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Prevent Blindness

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Prevention Institute

Project for Whole Health Learning in K-12

Population Health Alliance

Public Health Alliance of Southern California

Public Health Foundation

Public Health Institute

Redstone Center for Prevention and Wellness

Respiratory Health Association



Silver State Equality-Nevada

SLM Consulting, LLC

Society for Community Research & Action (SCRA)

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Society for Public Health Education

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

tahoe forest Hospital Care coordination

Tennessee Justice Center

The AIDS Institute

The Center for Community Resilience

The Gerontological Society of America

The Health Trust

The Fairfield Group

The Family Resource Network

The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health

The National REACH Coalition

The Participatory Budgeting Project

The Praxis Project

The Pride Center at Equality Park

The Wall Las Memorias Project

Training Resources Network, Inc.

Treatment Action Group

Trust for America’s Health

United Way of Treasure Valley

Valley AIDS Council

Vita Health and Wellness Partnership

Washington State Department of Health

Wayne State University Center for Health and Community Impact

WE in the World

Well Being Trust

West Valley Neighborhoods Coalition

Western Idaho Community Health Collaborative

Wholesome Wave

Wisconsin Division of Public Health

Wright County Public Health