What are social determinants of health?

What are social determinants of health? How do social determinants of health contribute to the development of illness? What is a communicable disease chain? Are there steps that a nurse can take to break a link within the communicable disease chain? Give a specific example.

Readings within your text covering international/global health and the following websites will assist you in answering these questions:

  1. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Health website: http://www.cdc.gov/cogh/index.htm
  2. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Global Health website: http://www.globalhealth.gov/index.html
  3. Families USA – Why Global Health Matters—Here and Abroad website: http://www.familiesusa.org/
  4. World Health Organization (WHO) website: http://www.who.int