Social determinants of health are gaining attention among public health practitioners. The challenge is determining what specific steps public health practitioners should take in light of a somewhat limited evidence base. Whatever evidence emerges, working with a range of sectors will be important. During Janet Yellen's tenure as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, public health and community development practitioners began a dialogue to simply understand the objecetive of their respective sectors.
The effort continues to gain ground. On April 21, 2011 the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston hosted a meeting that built on the San Francisco Fed's effort. The Boston Fed meeting explored how the public health and community development sectors can collaborate to promote better health outcomes for low-income people and communities by addressing the social determinants of health.
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