The SDOH Academy


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Founded by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in 2016, the Social Determinants of Health Academy is a HRSA-funded virtual training series designed to help staff from health centers, Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), and Primary Care Associations (PCA) develop, implement, and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities.  The SDOH Academy features curricula that coalesce a variety of approaches and resources to bear under one umbrella to support health centers in addressing SDOH in their communities, and is jointly coordinated by multiple organizations with HRSA National Cooperative Agreements (NCA). Contact Sharena Hagins at with questions.

2016 – 2018 Activities

In 2016, 39 HRSA-funded health centers and 19 PCAs participated in virtual trainings as part of The SDOH Academy pilot. Data from the pilot was used to inform the topics and structure of The SDOH Academy 2.0, which ran from January 2018 through June 2018. Trainings during the second year were attended by 1,190 staff from health centers, HCCNs, and PCAs across the country.

Upcoming Opportunities

In its next phase, The SDOH Academy will focus on learning collaboratives in 2018-2019 to provide a shared learning opportunity to smaller cohorts of health centers, HCCNs, and PCAs. These collaboratives will focus on transforming care to better meet the socioeconomic circumstances and non-clinical needs of all special and vulnerable populations. Applications to participate in the learning collaboratives will be released in fall 2018.  Topics will include:

  • Addressing SDOH in rural areas;
  • Training health center workforce to address SDOH;
  • Leveraging Medicaid policies to address SDOH; and
  • Developing cross-sector partnerships to improve health outcomes.


An Advisory Committee guides content development for The SDOH Academy and acts as a bridge across all participating NCAs. Ten additional NCAs serve as contributing faculty members.

Advisory Committee: Corporation for Supportive HousingHealth Outreach PartnersNational Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (lead agency) • National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Contributing Faculty: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health CentersAssociation of Clinicians for the UnderservedCapital LinkHarvard Equitable Care for EldersMigrant Clinicians NetworkNational Association of Community Health CentersNational Center for Health and Public HousingNational LGBT Health Education CenterNational Nurse-Led Care ConsortiumSchool Based Health Alliance