TFAH Applauds the Re-introduction of The Social Determinants of Health Act in Congress


(Washington, DC – February 29) – Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a non-partisan, independent public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, applauds the introduction of the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2024 for the critical ways it would address the social, economic, and environmental conditions that affect health and well-being and would drive improved health for millions of Americans.

If enacted, the bill would codify and expand the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through grants to public health departments and community organizations, the program would help build multisector collaborations to address non-medical drivers of health. Grants would also be issued to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education to conduct research on SDOH best practices, provide technical training, 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, Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, congratulates Rep. Barragán and Senators Smith and Murphy on the introduction of the bill:

“Social determinants of health, including housing, employment, food security, transportation, and education, contribute significantly to people’s health outcomes over their lifetime. Communities need more flexible and cross-cutting resources to address these factors that if unaddressed can lead to poor health. CDC’s SDOH program has already assisted dozens of communities in creating SDOH plans and now needs the resources to allow additional grantees to implement community-tailored plans.

Public health plays an important role in convening partners from different sectors and trusted community leaders to address these non-medical drivers of health. This legislation is an important step in improving health outcomes, reducing overall healthcare spending, and helping reduce health disparities. TFAH is proud to support this bill.”

TFAH’s summary of the bill can be found here.   For more information on The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2023, please contact Madison West at [email protected].


In addition to TFAH, original endorsing national organizations include:

New York State Public Health Association AAHFN Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics AcademyHealth
Access Care Anywhere AFT: Education, Healthcare, Public Services AIDS Alabama Aligning for Health
America Walks American Association of Colleges of Nursing American Association on Health and Disability American College of Medical Toxicology
American College of Nurse-Midwives American College of Physicians American College of Preventive Medicine American Heart Association
American Medical Women’s Association American Physical Therapy Association Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Association of State Public Health Nutritionists Bariatrix Fitness &Functional Training BDS HEALTHY AGING NETWORKS, INC.
Big Cities Health Coalition Bike Cleveland Bridges Into the Future Brighter Beginnings
Burke County Health Department Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of Elders (CARIE) Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Community Resilience Center for Promotion of Child Development through Primary Care Center for Whole Health Learning in K-12 Ceres Community Project
CHAMPS GPO ChangeLab Solutions Children’s HealthWatch Christian Council of Delmarva
Civitas Networks for Health Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Continual Care Solutions Council on Aging for Henderson County Counter Tools Deborah’s Place
Dia de la Mujer Latina Inc DuPage County Health Department Epilepsy Foundation Epilepsy Information Service of Wake Forest School of Medicine
Equality California Fact Forward Flint Rising Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice
Greater Chicago Food Depository Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Inc Haleon Hartsfield Health Systems Consulting
Health by Design Health Improvement Collaborative of Southeastern Connecticut Health Outreach Partners Health Resources in Action
Healthy Alliance Healthy Little Havana HealthyWomen Human Impact Partners
I AM HEALTH EDUCATION Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness Indiana Public Health Association Indy Hunger Network
Inner Explorer International OCD Foundation Japanese American Citizens League Lakeshore Foundation
Lanai Community Health Center League of American Bicyclists Ledge Light Health District Linn County Public Health
Louisiana Obesity Society Lutheran Services in America Maine Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health Access
Mel Leaman Free Clinic Metropolitan Area Planning Council MIKE Program Miles for migraine
MindWise Innovation Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA) Minnesota Public Health Association MKE FreshAir Collective
MountainCare Move United NASTAD National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH)
National Association for Public Health Policy National Association of Counties (NACo) National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners National Association of School Nurses
National Association of Social Workers National Community Action Partnership National Foundation for Infectious Diseases National League for Nursing
National Network of Public Health Institutes National Nurse-Led Care Consortium National Recreation and Park Association Nemours Children’s Health
Nevada Public Health Association New York State Public Health Association NJ Public Health Association OCS eWellness
Partnership to End Addiction Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation Pennsylvania Public Health Association
Postpartum Support International Prevent Blindness Prevent Blindness Georgia Prevent Blindness North Carolina
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Public Health Foundation Public Health Institute
Public Health Solutions Richmond County Health Department Safe Routes Partnership Safe States Alliance
Sage Transformations Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Healthcare Foundation SLM Consulting, LLC Society for Public Health Education
Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education Southeastern Michigan Health Association Stratis Health
Summit County Family Resource Center Susan G. Komen Telosity Ventures Texas Health Resources
Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility The AIDS Institute The American College of Preventive Medicine The Center for Health Affairs (Cleveland Hospital Association)
The Foundation for Sustainable Communities The Gerontological Society of America The Joy Labs The Kennedy Forum
The Praxis Project Treatment Action Group Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region Valley AIDS Council
Visible Network Labs Voices of Hope, Inc. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Washington State Public Health Association
Wholespire Inc Zero Breast Cancer