Social Determinants of Health

Health equity is achieved when everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make. And while we can’t currently ensure that everyone will be healthy, we can change the physical conditions in which people live, learn, work and play, one community at a time.

These conditions are called the Social Determinants of Health and by improving these conditions we can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.

Drivers of Change

A community where all people have the opportunity to thrive is a huge goal, but today we want to feel empowered that we all are making a difference, and telling our stories of change in our communities can be a powerful force for transformation.

These efforts require the engagement of all sectors of a community. It takes a lot of hard work. But communities are transforming in ways that put better health within everyone's reach. Being part of the solution means we commit ourselves to building healthier communities through individual, organizational and community wide effort and engagement.

Being part of the solution means we are Drivers of Change.

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Nominating a Driver of Change

To nominate a community member or colleague for recognition for exemplary work in the community to help build healthier communities and address health equity, please use the button below.

You may also nominate yourself! We would love to hear your stories of community change, what inspired you, and how you are making a difference.

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Latest Updates

Achieving a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities: A Research Review

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Janet Kaplan

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September 16, 2020

This review assesses available research on the social and health impact of poverty, and the impact of racism and bias on people of color and those in poverty.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

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Janet Kaplan

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September 16, 2020

This month is Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

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Janet Kaplan

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September 2, 2020

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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Past Events

Building Healthy Communities

March 27, 2020

Webinar

Creating change includes establishing connections between and among people; establishing relationships and building trust. Local, individual, organizational and community efforts have the power to effect positive change in the lives of Ventura County residents.

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Designing a Healthier Community

November 16, 2018

Ventura County Office of Education
5100 Adolfo Road
Camarillo, CA

Health starts where you live, learn, work and play. The built environment is everything we have made to live our lives including homes, places of business, public spaces, and parks and recreational areas-or lack thereof.

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Healthy Communities – Promoting Wellness & Achieving Health and Mental Health Equity

May 2, 2018

Ventura County Office of Education
5100 Adolfo Road
Camarillo, CA

Health equity is achieved when everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make. And while we can’t currently ensure that everyone will be healthy, we can change the physical conditions in which people live, learn, work and play, one community at a time.

Learn more →