According to Healthy People 2020, Social Determinants of Health are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. About 40% of a person’s health are attributed to social factors such as social determinants of health. Health centers are understanding the need to learn about the social determinants of health affect affecting their patients in order to fully care for their patients. CPCA is committed to supporting health centers to understand the screening tools available, collecting patient level data with the necessary workflows and lastly to build partnerships and understand the resources in their community to address the SDOH affecting their patients.

Innovations in Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) at California Community Health Centers

California's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are responding to the non-medical needs of low-income patients with imagination and commitment. Click the link below to learn more about the the history of SDOH and innovation spotlights from eight California community health centers (CHCs).


Peer to Peer Learning

SDOH Peer Network

Committed to supporting health centers learn from their peers how they have been starting their journey on SDOH. The meeting is held bi-monthly as a space for health centers to learn about how other health centers in California are selecting tools to collect data and address data and develop workflows to ensure successful SDOH data collection. 

Past Meetings:

February 21, 2018 Agenda, Presentation, Supplemental Form

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, April 18th 3PM to 4PM
Wednesday, June 20th 3PM to 4PM
Wednesday, August 15th 3PM to 4PM
Wednesday, October 17th 3PM to 4PM
Wednesday, December 19th 3PM to 4PM

CPCA Training Opportunities

SDOH Learning Cohort

The CPCA Capitation Payment Preparedness Program launched a SDOH learning cohort. The learning cohort will be a hands on training via virtual and in-person meetings. The training will focus on implementing the National Association of Community Health Center’s tool; The Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients' Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE). The cohort will not only focus on implementing the tool but also on how to best capture the data with appropriate workflows and interviewing and lastly how to form partnerships in the community to address the needs of the patients. For more information click here .

CPCA Staff Contact

If you have any questions, or need more information regarding social determinants of health please contact:

Lucy Saenz, Assistant Director Data Informatics,
(916) 440-8170