Social Determinants of Health

What are social determinants of health, and why has the Healthy Lakewood Foundation made them a priority? 

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the environmental, social, and economic conditions in the places where we live, learn, work and play. The SDoH play a significant role in impacting health equity and health outcomes in a community.

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) believes that social determinants of health are the most significant factors in supporting or hindering the state of health and wellness for Lakewood residents through all stages of life.

HLF has organized its grantmaking programs using social determinants of health. We believe that by focusing our limited financial resources on targeting key social determinants and on certain populations identified through our research and learning, and through community feedback, we are most able to fulfill our vision and mission to serve the entire Lakewood community.

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Healthy Lakewood Foundation
Responds to COVID-19

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Funding Priorities

The HLF Board recognizes that responsible stewardship requires an initial investment of time and resources to ensure our grantmaking process and priorities are effective, efficient, and equitable.
With the help of local experts, we are engaged in intentional educational sessions covering philanthropy, grant-making, social determinants of health, and other important topics specific to the Lakewood community.

Over the coming months, we will apply this learning to inform decisions about funding priorities.

Grantmaking Cycle

The HLF Board continues to develop priorities and organizational guidelines in alignment with our mission, vision, and values that will inform our effective, efficient, and equitable grant-making strategy.

For more information on the social determinants of health framework, please visit:

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)

Centers for Disease Control

U.S Department of Health