Building Community Strategies to Address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Social Determinants are more than a buzz word for policy makers and politicians. Dr. Savoy describes what social determinants of health are, strategies to use in your practice to address them and resources to access to make a difference in the lives of your patients.

Have you seen the tools and resources in the EveryONE Project?  How about using the AAFP’s Navigator we platform to help in identifying social determinants of health in your patient population?  AAFP Board member Margot Savoy, MD will dive into these resources and others to illustrate the benefits of better understanding SHOH for your practice.


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Target Audience

This activity is designed for family medicine physicians and other primary care team members.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe social determinants of health that can impact patients in a primary care practice.
  • Identify at least one strategy you can adopt in your practice to address a social determinant of health for your population.
  • Name at least one resource you can use to address social determinants of health in your practice.
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Margot Savoy, MD headshot


     Chair and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine
     Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and TU Health System



Dr. Savoy earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland and her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed a family medicine residency at Crozer-Keystone Health System, a primary care fellowship at Michigan State University, and an interdisciplinary geriatric fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Savoy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Association of Physician Leaders. An active researcher who has been involved in numerous clinical trials, Dr. Savoy is also a past president of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians, and has earned honors including the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians Teacher of the Year and Christiana Care Health System Medical Dental Staff Rising Star award.


Margot Savoy, MD declares that in the past 12 months neither she nor her partner/spouse have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with one or more organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this continuing education activity.


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This Enduring Material activity, Building Community: Strategies to Address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins November 23, 2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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