Social Determinants of Health

With FLOH’s primary focus on conditions for young people with experience in the foster system, social determinants of health will be front-and-centre. For these young people, conditions often can place healthy choices/options out of reach. Often there is little opportunity for these youth to choose their own tribe, to easily explore and practice their culture, to test out their autonomy in a slow transition from dependency to attempts at independence and then to find what might be the right place for them in a world where we are all truly interdependent. It is on and for this final point—interdependence—that youth with experience in the foster system can most authoritatively speak and advocate for our systems to work more and more toward a focus on social determinants of health as a tide that will lift all boats.