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Social Determinants of Health

PeriStats has added three new variables that represent social determinants of health related to maternal and infant health outcomes. Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of life-risks and outcomes.

The new data includes county-level information on severe housing cost burden, median household income and high school completion. This data is updated from the United States Census.

Severe housing cost burden: Severe Housing Cost Burden is the percentage of households that spend 50% or more of their household income on housing. This measure is aggregated data starting in 2015 through the most current 2019. The data is retrieved from the American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates.

Median household income: The income where half of households in a county earn more and half of households earn less. 2019 data is the most recent data available. Data is retrieved from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program to provide more current estimates of selected income and poverty statistics than those from the most recent decennial census.