From ThinkAnthem.com

Improving the health of our nation starts with broadening our view of what health means.
That’s why we’re starting a national conversation around whole health and the factors that drive it.

WHAT DO AMERICANS CURRENTLY BELIEVE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH?
WE SURVEYED THE NATION TO FIND OUT.

We conducted a survey of 5,000 nationally representative U.S. adults to understand how Americans think about health at this moment in time. Here’s what we discovered:

WE CAN DO MORE TO CONNECT THE DOTS ON WHOLE HEALTH AND ITS DRIVERS.

While many Americans are aware that drivers like financial stability, mental health, and access to healthy food can significantly impact our health, we need to expand our understanding to include all the drivers that shape whole health.

  • Education can help people connect the dots on whole health.

      • Nearly half of Americans (46%) are unaware of the concept of social drivers of health.

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      • Once given the definition of SDoH, 60% of Americans agree that their local community is facing at least some health issues related to SDoH.

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  • We underestimate the impact of some SDoH.

    • Only 16% agree that air pollution is prevalent where they live, but 29% of Americans live in counties with pollution levels above National Ambient Air Quality Standards

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    *Air Quality National Summary, EPA 2020
  • WE OVERESTIMATE HOW WELL WE’RE DOING ON SOME SDoH.

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      • Despite CDC reports stating that 37%* of Americans are overweight and many are not meeting healthy lifestyle expectations:

    85% report having a healthy diet

    77% report being physically fit

    *CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2019
  • THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN WHAT WE SAY IS IMPORTANT AND THE BEHAVIORS WE PRACTICE.

    • Though 95% of Americans agree mental health is crucial to well-being, we are much more likely to prioritize physical health over mental health.

    • 62% see a doctor for an annual checkup, while only 17% see a therapist or mental health professional at least once a month.

OUR LIVED EXPERIENCES SHAPE OUR PERCEPTIONS OF WHOLE HEALTH.

Our backgrounds and circumstances can greatly influence our ability to meet basic needs and access services. These disparities among demographic groups shape our view of whole health and the ability to achieve equity.

  • Many Americans face unmet social, economic, and health needs.

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    Nearly 1/3 of Americans have altered their eating habits due to financial concerns.

    • 50% say it is hard to find affordable, healthy food in their local community​

    • 1 in 5 say lack of transportation has kept them from medical appointments, work, or getting the things they need

  • Americans of color are disproportionately affected by the consequences of SDoH.

    Percentage reporting that their local community is facing at least some health issues related to SDoH

    HISPANIC AND LATINO

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    BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN

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    WHITE

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  • communities of color have a greater awareness of SDoH.

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      ASIAN

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FINANCIAL SECURITY IS A KEY DRIVER OF AMERICANS’ HEALTH.

Many Americans, especially those in communities of color, are facing significant financial burdens. This financial insecurity, and the limitations it can place on meeting basic social and health needs, is a key driver of consumers’ health.

  • 45% of Americans do not feel financially secure.

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  • People of color, Millennials, those without college degrees, and people living in rural areas are more likely to report that they are not financially secure.

  • A lack of financial security has ripple effects across other SDoH such as food
    and housing.

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    Nearly 1/3 of
    Americans have altered their eating habits due to financial concerns.


    One in four Americans are worried about
    losing their housing.

WE BELIEVE EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPROVING WHOLE HEALTH.

Americans believe that action is needed to address SDoH, but no one entity should be held solely responsible.

  • Americans believe that action is needed to address SDoH, but no one entity should be held solely responsible for improving health.

  • Who is Responsible for Addressing SDoH and Health Disparities?

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      HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

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      LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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      PRIVATE CITIZENS

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      EMPLOYERS

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      INSURANCE COMPANIES

Social Drivers of Health*
Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life-risks and outcomes

Whole Health
A holistic view of health that includes individuals’ physical, behavioral, and social circumstances

What’s Driving Our Health
An initiative to improve Americans’ understanding of whole health, built around Anthem’s landmark report Driving Our Health: A study exploring health perceptions in America

*CDC, Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health