The health issues facing our city have real and very significant costs. At Small Places, we focus our solutions and design our agricultural spaces to maximize the impact we have to improve the quality of life of our communities and reduce the overall costs to the system.
Social Determinants of Health
Research shows that Clinical Care — the things traditionally viewed as “Healthcare” such as access to health insurance and quality hospitals, etc. — only account for about 20% of our health outcomes. The other 80% of health outcomes are determined by Socioeconomic Factors, Physical Environment, and Health Behaviors collectively known as the Social Determinants of Health. Health is very different from Healthcare which is why costs continue to increase and yet our health outcomes continue to decline.
Small Places focuses on the 80%, utilizing agriculture to impact the factors in our neighborhoods that determine our health outcomes. The combination of Socioeconomic Factors and Built Environment alone account for 50% of Health Outcomes, meaning that the zip code where you live is both the problem and the solution, demonstrating that in our communities small places matter.