PQA Social Determinants of Health Resource Guide 

The PQA Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Resource Guide profiles 20 real-world SDOH services that are promising for improving the quality and safety of medication use. Created by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), the guide focuses on SDOH screenings, referrals and interventions conducted by or involving pharmacists or pharmacies. The guide covers services that address seven SDOH barriers, and many of the initiatives profiled address multiple barriers:

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  • Cost of Medications  
  • Cultural or Literacy Barriers  
  • Decent, Safe and Affordable Housing  
  • Food Security  
  • Screening for Unmet Needs  
  • Social Isolation  
  • Transportation 

This is the first resource guide that catalogues pharmacist and pharmacy-centered SDOH services. The guide provides health care professionals with ideas and examples of SDOH services they can implement and was designed to be widely used in many different settings. The guide provides information on each service’s location, scale, target population, care setting, intervention and outcomes. 

PQA welcomes feedback on the guide and suggestions on SDOH services which can be highlighted in future editions. You can submit feedback and interventions for consideration below. 

This activity was supported by an independent medical education grant from Merck & Co. and by Humana, whose mission is to help people achieve lifelong wellbeing.  


Social Determinants of Health Resource Guide