Healthcare topics affecting pediatric populations, including newborns, infants, children, adolescents and young adults (up to 21 years of age).
Healthcare topics affecting the elderly and aging adults (age 65 years or older), including age-related chronic and acute conditions and long-term care.
Healthcare topics affecting low-income groups, including access to care, affordability of care, and addressing social determinants of health.
Healthcare topics affecting racial and ethnic minorities, including blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and American Indians/Alaska Natives.
Healthcare topics affecting populations in inner-city and in rural areas, including improving coordination of care and healthcare delivery.
Healthcare topics affecting adults and children/adolescents, including those who have chronic illnesses, disabilities, and end-of-life care needs.
Healthcare topics affecting women, including pregnancy, childbirth, gynecological and reproductive health.
 Healthy People 2020 defines social determinants of health as the conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Conditions (e.g., social, economic, and physical) in these various environments and settings (e.g., school, church, workplace, and neighborhood) have been referred to as “place.” In addition to the more material attributes of “place,” the patterns of social engagement and sense of security and well-being are also affected by where people live. Resources that enhance quality of life can have a significant influence on population health outcomes. Examples of these resources include safe and affordable housing, access to education, public safety, availability of healthy foods, local emergency/health services, and environments free of life-threatening toxins.
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