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Project SHARE Curriculum: Social Determinants of Health

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

Social Determinants of Health

In the Social Determinants of Health lesson, students will learn about the positive and negative impacts that community infrastructure can have on an individual’s health and wellbeing. 


  • Define and give examples of health, community, and social determinants of health.
  • Recognize how individual health and community health are related. 
  • Analyze how social determinants of health can impact an individual’s personal health and the health of the community.


  • Instructor computer and projector
  • Blackboard or whiteboard
  • Flipcharts/Large Post-it sheets with markers


National Health Education Statistics that Align with the Social Determinants of Health Lesson

  • 1.12.2 Describe the interrelationships of emotional, intellectual, physical, and social health.
  • 1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
  • 2.12.4 Evaluate how the school and community can affect personal health practice and behaviors.
  • 2.12.7 Analyze how the perceptions of norms influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.

National Strategies that Align with the SHARE Curriculum

Healthy People 2020 Objectives

AH-2      Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in extracurricular and/or out-of-school activities.

AH-3.2   Increase the proportion of parents who attend events and activities in which their adolescents participate.

National Partnership for Action

Goal 1         Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.

Strategy 2: Develop and support partnerships among public, nonprofit, and private entities to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to increase awareness, drive action, and ensure accountability in efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity across the lifespan.

Goal 2:        Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.

Strategy 7:  Invest in young people to prepare them to be future leaders and practitioners by actively engaging and including them in the planning and execution of health, wellness and safety initiatives.