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November 7, 2016

More Precisely Targeting the Coal Mine of Social Adversity

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities, University of California–Los Angeles
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California–Los Angeles
  • 3Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of California–Los Angeles
  • 4Department of Public Policy, School of Public Affairs, University of California–Los Angeles
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(11):e162523. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2523

In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, Gottlieb and colleagues1 extend the emerging body of research on screening for and addressing social determinants of health (SDH) in health care settings. This cluster-randomized clinical trial is remarkable for many reasons, including, most notably, that a relatively straightforward intervention using college students as navigators and service connectors resulted in both a reduction in social adversity and an improvement in a global measure of child health status.

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