COVID-19 has put a global spotlight on social drivers of health. Vulnerable employees are more likely to experience the adverse health and economic effects of COVID-19 — and the pandemic has introduced new challenges for many employees who are now struggling to get their basic needs met. It’s more important than ever for employers to help address the social and economic needs of their entire workforce.
Social drivers of health (also known as social determinants of health) are the conditions in which people live, work, and play. For example, things like access to nutritious food, a place to live, and equitable health care are social drivers of health. These factors account for up to 40% of employee health outcomes — and have a direct impact on workforce health and productivity.1