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Social Determinants of Health

Research through the social determinants of health (SDOH) lens identifies effective approaches to improve health and quality of life by addressing the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age. Discover research, funding, and other announcements aligned with our SDOH lens. 


Watch the recording of Dr. Stephanie Hawkins, Vice President of the Transformative Research Unit for Equity (TRUE) at RTI International, as she discusses the role of nursing research in advancing science in firearm injury prevention using a social determinants of health lens.
NINR published a funding opportunity soliciting research that addresses how social determinants of health (SDOH) influence health outcomes at the intersection of social statuses in populations experiencing health disparities in the United States. Application Due Date: July 5, 2024
NINR invites prospective participants to submit letters of interest for our first SDOH Summer Research Institute, a new event designed to provide early and mid-career investigators the opportunity to learn more about and apply the principles of high-quality SDOH research. Submissions Due: May 28, 2024


On July 11, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. (ET), Dr. Mahasin Mujahid, Professor at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, will present her work on the social and structural determinants of maternal health and health disparities and risk reduction interventions to address the complex and growing morbidity and mortality concerns.
On May 21, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), NINR hosted a pre-application webinar for funding opportunity announcement RFA-NR-24-006: Understanding the Intersection of Social Inequities to Optimize Health and Reduce Health Disparities: The Axes Initiative (R01 Clinical Trial Optional).
On May 7, 2024, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET), Dr. Stephanie Hawkins, Vice President of the Transformative Research Unit for Equity (TRUE) at RTI International, will present her work on firearm injury prevention and risk reduction interventions.

Featured Research

Motivated by her work as a trauma nurse, Dr. Sara Jacoby’s NINR-funded dissertation used ethnography to explore the experience and perceptions of Black patients with traumatic injuries.
Firmly grounded in the belief that health outcomes must be contextualized, Dr. Hudson Santos is exploring whether a community-driven intervention that addresses social determinants of health can improve obesity-related outcomes among immigrant Latina mothers and their children.
The United States is facing a maternal health crisis, yet few interventions successfully address the racial disparities that drive maternal health outcomes. In her NINR-funded research, Dr. Madelyne Greene is exploring whether a nurse-led prenatal care coordination intervention has the potential to meaningfully reduce these disparities.