Social determinants of health are the factors beyond individual behavior that impact the health status of individuals and communities. When these determinants disproportionately affect some groups in ways that are unjust or unfair, health inequities exist.
One way to address the negative influences of these determinants is through collaborative partnerships. Community leaders like Extension professionals can initiate and develop cross-sector partnerships to collaborate with other governmental agencies on common goals and priorities. "While negotiating multiple operational realities and terminology across sectors is challenging, alignment and coordination may help create the community conditions that make it easier for people to make healthy choices." (ASTHO, 2021)
A report by the Association State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) provides action steps that communities can follow built effective partnerships and community coalitions.