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Health Equity Series: Screening for Social Need and the Social Determinants of Health

June 28, 2022 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm


Perhaps more than any other health crisis occurring in the past century, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the stark health disparities in our nation, particularly for communities of color. These disparities and others are evident in the ways different people and groups experience the social determinants of health (SDOH), which are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Factors include socioeconomic status, access to health care, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks. As such, community-based organizations play a critical role in strengthening the health and well-being of communities by addressing the social needs of individuals and families.

During this webinar, Mary E. Garr, president of Family Service in San Antonio, will share how the organization has evolved to improve the SDOH experienced by its communities. In addition, their approach addresses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by adopting the practice of trauma-informed care when working with clients. Key to this initiative is the use of screening for social need, which helps to identify effective interventions sooner. The organization has also created a multiyear scorecard to guide its path to supporting community health and help all employees understand what they are working to achieve. Through this ongoing organizational development, positive health outcomes for people and strengthened neighborhoods are possible.

Learn more about the evolution of Family Service in Reframing Your Organization’s Work with the Social Determinants of Health (Webinar).


  • A framework of SDOH used nationally
  • How SDOH and ACEs intersect
  • The importance of community-based organizations in understanding the SDOH and how community members are affected
  • How community-based organizations can partner with other sectors in addressing SDOH barriers

Who Should Participate

  • Executives
  • Program directors
  • Staff in population health/health equity
  • Quality managers
  • Policy leaders
  • Community leaders



Mary Garr

President & CEO
Family Services