DeLissio to host Policy roundtable on social determinants of health Wednesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on the social determinants of health.

The roundtable will be held from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, 19128. Members of the public and media are invited to attend.

Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as health care. Addressing social determinants of health is important for improving health and reducing longstanding disparities to health and health care.

DeLissio requested the roundtable to discuss the importance of how state policy development must include consideration of these social determinants in order to get the best outcomes for taxpayer dollars.

She believes that too often we develop and support policy that does not take into consideration the root cause of the problem. This is especially true when it comes to health care.

She will be joined at the roundtable by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The roundtable will feature discussion among the legislators and two panelists:

  • 2 p.m.: Welcome and opening remarks
  • 2:10 p.m.: Panelists
    • Terri Lipman, PhD., CRNP, FAAN: assistant dean for community engagement, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    • Tarik Khan, MSN, FNP-BC
  • 3:10 p.m.: Questions and answers
  • 3:50 p.m.: Closing remarks

This roundtable is among a series of events held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first with good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. For more information, visit www.plan4pa.com and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.