Health departments' role in addressing social determinants of health in collaboration with multisector community partnerships
Emery, K. J., Durocher, B., Arena, L. C., Glasgow, L., Bayer, E. M., Plescia, M., Holtgrave, P. L., & Hacker, K. (2022). Health departments' role in addressing social determinants of health in collaboration with multisector community partnerships. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 29(1), 51-55. https://doi.org/10.1097/PHH.0000000000001685
Multisector community partnerships (MCPs) are key component of the public health strategy for addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and promoting health equity. Governmental public health agencies are often members or leaders of MCPs, but few studies have examined the role of health departments in supporting MCPs' SDOH initiatives. We engaged 42 established MCPs in a rapid retrospective evaluation to better understand how MCPs' SDOH initiatives contribute to community changes that promote healthy living and improved health outcomes. As part of this work, we gained insights into how health departments support MCPs' SDOH initiatives, as well as opportunities for enhanced collaboration. Results indicate that health departments can support MCPs' SDOH initiatives through the provision of funding and technical assistance, data sharing, and connecting community organizations with shared missions, for example. Findings can be used to inform the development of funding opportunities and technical assistance for MCPs and health department partners.