Social Determinants of Health in the CLS


By: Frederique Corcoran

In partnership with the Chicago Longitudinal Study (CLS), HCRC is exploring how the conditions people live in influence their health and well-being across the lifespan. These conditions, shaped by laws, policies, and the distribution of power & resources, are considered social determinants of health (SDoH) as they lead to the pronounced differences in health outcomes, or health inequities, present around the world.

The US Department of Health and Human Services organizes the SDoH into 5 dimensions spanning economic stability, education access & quality, health care access & quality, the neighborhood & built environment, and social & community context.

Because one of HCRC’s main goals is to understand how, and in which contexts, social programs bring about positive change, our team is developing measures to document how these SDoH impact the long-term effects of programs like the Child-Parent Center.


Healthy People 2030, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.