According to a Feb. 23 press release, Cleveland-based The Center for Health Affairs, a regional hospital association, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are collaborating to establish a Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Innovation Hub. The goal of the hub is to address structural racism and poverty that result in gun violence, behavioral health crises, and other factors that negatively impact the health of local residents. The hub is going to act first locally then move globally.
The press release states that “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cleveland has the highest poverty rate among large U.S. cities. With more than 114,000 people living in poverty in 2019, including 37,700 children and nearly 12,000 adults, these individuals face daily challenges related to violence, lack of digital connections, housing, food, access to medical care and behavioral health providers, unemployment, and so much more. All of these economic and social conditions that influence health outcomes are known as SDOH, and their impact is often under-represented in traditional diagnoses.”