The Social Determinants of Health Index can be used to examine the social determinants of all the people human service organizations support (aggregate), or of an individual person.
To calculate an organization’s aggregate data on social determinants, we have created an excel document which includes built-in analysis. To utilize the Index, organizations complete the table with the percentage of outcomes found present for each indicator during Personal Outcome Measures® interviews. The average of the percentages for the entire table reveals the overall social determinants of health score.
The CQL Social Determinants of Health Index: 3 Factors
The average score for each of the three columns reveals the factor scores for Choice and Engagement, Person-Centeredness, and Health and Safety.
Choice & Engagement
- People interact with other members of the community
- People participate in the life of the community
- People perform different social roles
- People choose where they work
- People choose where and with whom to live
- People exercise rights
- People are treated fairly
- People experience continuity and security
Health & Safety
- People have the best possible health
- People are safe
You can then utilize the findings from the Social Determinants of Health Index to provide targeted services and supports to people. Those areas with the lowest percentages are those that can be prioritized for action to help facilitate people’s social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are critical to health equity and quality of life.