SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Having access to affordable, safe and stable housing, nutritious food, a steady job, a good education and safe streets are all critical predictors of a person’s and a community’s health.
South Florida faces unique challenges. It has been ranked as one of the most unequal and unaffordable and metropolitan areas in the United States, with 49 percent of Miami-Dade’s and 44 percent of Broward’s households spending more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing alone.
Such inequity has resulted in a prosperity gap that excludes too many residents from the region’s economic upswing. The gap is certain to be exacerbated with the recent COVID19 pandemic, which caused disproportionately negative impacts and hardship on Black and Hispanic residents and already vulnerable communities.