Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where 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.†

The ACAP Center for SDOH Innovation provides a rich portfolio of shared services to facilitate and demonstrate the leadership of ACAP-member Safety Net Health Plans in the field of social determinants of health (SDOH).

The Center provides for a wide array of services for health plans in nurturing and disseminating best practices in the field of SDOH; it will develop tools and resources for policymakers, thought leaders, and others in the health care space.

The center is designed to serve as a:

Trusted Authority: To be a national expert on how health plans can improve the health and well-being of their members and advance health equity in their communities by addressing the SDOH needs of their members.

Advocate for People with Low Incomes or Significant Health Needs: To inform ACAP’s national advocacy as Safety Net Health Plans work to become and remain leaders in communities by addressing the upstream drivers of health disparities.

Center for Best Practices: To facilitate innovation through supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of Member health plan programs and partnerships designed to address health related social needs for the communities they serve.


† U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2030: Social Determinants of Health.