Population Health/Social Determinants of Health Case Studies

The Population Health/Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Case Study awards support faculty in the development of an educational unfolding case study focused on population health and SDOH concepts across the continuum of care. The case studies will teach nursing students to:

  • Identify social factors that impact the health of their patients and communities
  • Include community-based and other social services and programs in the care of their patients
  • Understand how the choices and engagement of nursing professionals can impact the health of patients and populations. 

Th case studies will help nursing students understand population health and SDOH and the need for interprofessional and cross-sectoral approaches to improve the health of the public across the continuum of care and diverse settings. 

Each unfolding case study will include a quiz or other form of student assessment and a facilitator guide for instructors. The case studies will be adapted by AACN for online completion by nursing students across the nation. 

Funded Projects 

Project Title: TBD
School of Nursing: Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Project Summary: The case study will introduce concepts of social cohesion, demographic trends, SDOH, vulnerable populations, health literacy, communication with clients and interprofessional teams, and consideration of the health implications for the client. This case study will focus on the population of male, homeless, disabled veterans between the ages of 18-64, which is one of the most at-risk groups leading women in 15 of the leading causes of death (Wilson-Fredrick, et al., 2015). The case study will be highly visual and interactive, encouraging nursing students to think critically about population data and to draw inferences from data distributions and graphics and relate how this impacts society and their clients.

Project Title: Just A Diaper Rash?
School of Nursing: Rutgers University School of Nursing 
Project Summary: Child health and development are influenced by many drivers including SDOH. However, most pediatric primary care clinicians do not routinely assess for socio-economic concerns as a risk factor for poor health and development. This case study will address this issue in explicit detail through the following selected population health competencies: assessment, analysis, understanding data; collaboration, and SDOH. Embedded in the case study will also be content related to the population health competencies of communication (e.g., health literacy principles, teach back method, limited English proficiency, shared decision making) and policy & advocacy (e.g., poverty level determination; assistance programs eligibility, letters of support, letters to the editor).