“NOT BEING LEFT BEHIND ON THE CONTINUUM” IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HEALTH. I WANT TO HEAR SPECIFICS ABOUT HOW YOU ARE GOING TO ADDRESS THE “CAUSES” OF ILLNESS AS THESE ARE LARGELY BPS.

“NOT BEING LEFT BEHIND ON THE CONTINUUM” IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HEALTH. I WANT TO HEAR SPECIFICS ABOUT HOW YOU ARE GOING TO ADDRESS THE “CAUSES” OF ILLNESS AS THESE ARE LARGELY BPS.

Research shows that only 10% to 20% of an individual’s health status is driven by medical services.  Another 20% to 30% of health status is influenced by genetics. Another 20% to 30% is driven by behavioral and lifestyle choices, meaning what you eat and drink, whether you smoke, whether you wear your seatbelt, whether you get basic screenings, etc.  What remains, whether it’s 30%, 40% or even more, can be attributed to social determinants. Many tend not to appreciate the role that social determinants have in influencing health status, but in reality, they’re the essence of health and well-being.  For instance: whether one has a home, a job, good food and needed transportation each have a major impact on health.  Beyond that, we now know clinically that people who live with significant stress for long periods of time have actual and detrimental changes to their DNA.

Dogwood Health Trust’s mission is to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.  Accordingly, it will focus its efforts on analyzing, understanding and addressing the core social determinants of health and well-being to address the root causes of poor health status.  Funding might include things like affordable housing, enhanced education, transportation, healthy food, job creation, early childhood intervention models and much more.

Research shows that only 10% to 20% of an individual’s health status is driven by medical services.  Another 20% to 30% of health status is influenced by genetics. Another 20% to 30% is driven by behavioral and lifestyle choices, meaning what you eat and drink, whether you smoke, whether you wear your seatbelt, whether you get basic screenings, etc.  What remains, whether it’s 30%, 40% or even more, can be attributed to social determinants. Many tend not to appreciate the role that social determinants have in influencing health status, but in reality, they’re the essence of health and well-being.  For instance: whether one has a home, a job, good food and needed transportation each have a major impact on health.  Beyond that, we now know clinically that people who live with significant stress for long periods of time have actual and detrimental changes to their DNA.

Dogwood Health Trust’s mission is to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.  Accordingly, it will focus its efforts on analyzing, understanding and addressing the core social determinants of health and well-being to address the root causes of poor health status.  Funding might include things like affordable housing, enhanced education, transportation, healthy food, job creation, early childhood intervention models and much more.