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Back to the Basics: What is a Social Determinant of Health Anyway?


Sara Gardner, MPH
Executive Director

As a fourth grade social studies student, I was taught the difference between a “need” and a “want,” a simple economic concept. Years later, when my children were in elementary school and taught the same concept in their social studies class, we had many rousing conversations around the dinner table debating the difference. Put simply, a need is defined as something people have to have to survive. A want, on the other hand, is something people would like to have but they don’t need it to survive. Read more on The Huffington Post >

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Sara Gardner, MPH
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