Social Determinants of Health


Social Determinants of Health are the economic and social conditions that influence individual and group differences in health status. These determinants include factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care. Addressing social determinants of health has an important role in reducing both health disparities and health inequities.

Explore social determinants of health from a Medicaid perspective with the interactive County Profiles application. Map and visualize factors such as income, education, and employment status alongside each county's Medicaid enrollment statistics. Each county features an interactive infographic highlighting social vulnerability, rurality, and demographic profile. The interactive story “Exploring South Carolina’s Social Determinants of Health” provides strategic recommendations for achieving cost-effective optimal outcomes for the SC Medicaid and non-Medicaid populations by exploring the role health disparity, health equity, and social determinants of health play in health outcomes.

Access to Care

Empty patient examining roomThe evaluation of various dimensions of health care provided through South Carolina’s Medicaid program is key to ensuring that providers are continually improving both the quality of care and the efficiencies of cost. Through various types of analyses, the reports linked below look at the relative availability of providers within the state, which is an important indicator of overall health care quality within a given geographic area.

Additional Visualization and Reporting

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The links below are to visualizations and information products that address a wide range of topics for various populations, including young children, the uninsured, and enrollees in SC's Medicaid insurance program.

For other resources on children ages birth to 5 and visualization techniques, see the Institute for Families in Society website here.