Learn More About SDOH

Learn more about improving health care access and applying social determinants of health (SDOH) info to practice. Connect your knowledge to related frameworks and explore continuing education opportunities.

Selected ASHA Content

ASHAWire Special Collection: Social Determinants of Heath
This collection features articles and other resources to assist CSD professionals in customizing care plans to improve treatment outcomes for people with communication disorders.

ASHA Voices: The Critical but Unseen Social Determinants of Health
SLP Cheryl Hersh joins the ASHA Voices podcast to discuss how she incorporates SDOH knowledge into her work on a pediatric feeding team.

ASHA Leader Live: Simple Ways to Boost Health Care Access for People with Communication Disorders
Audiologist Melissa Wilson-Beer offers tips for improving access to health care in your community.

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology: We Need to Talk about Social Inequalities in Language Development
Read an open-access ASHA Journals article about how early experiences and environments influence children’s language development.

Related Frameworks

Healthy People 2030
ASHA's SDOH material references the Healthy People 2030 categories for social determinants of health. The project sets objectives to improve health and well-being in the United States within the next decade.

10 Essential Public Health Services
This framework envisions three areas of community engagement-- assessment, policy development, and assurance--and describes their relationship to public health equity.

International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
ASHA guides members on how to use the ICF for functional goal writing. SDOH information may be captured through the ICF. The ICF’s Contextual Factors include environmental factors that are not within a client’s control. Also, the ICF’s Functioning and Disability factors include Activity and Participation considerations that describe how someone interacts with their environment.

SDOH Continuing Education

ASHA Learning Pass (subscription required)
Browse ASHA’s course catalog for SDOH-related courses, webinars, and other learning opportunities.

Interprofessional Practice (IPP) and Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Learn more about IPP and IPE through definitions, case studies, how-to guides, and research.

ASHA Corporate Partners