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The Impact of SDOH on Obesity and Hypertension in Women

Presenters at AHIMA21 to explore how SDOH data can improve patient care

CHICAGO – September 1, 2021 – American Health Information Management Association CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, said today the AHIMA21 Virtual Conference, taking place Sept. 20-22, 2021, will feature a session titled A Quantitative Analysis of Obese Hypertensive Women and the Health Belief Model.

“I’m proud that AHIMA continues to emphasize how social determinants of health can enrich clinical decision-making and improve health outcomes, public health, and health inequities,” Harris said.

Harris said attendees of A Quantitative Analysis of Obese Hypertensive Women and the Health Belief Model will learn more about the impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) – including access to transportation, healthcare, and food – on obesity and hypertension in women across ethnicities. Attendees will also learn how to implement strategies to help improve care for these populations.  

This education session comes on the heels of a new AHIMA white paper that details how healthcare organizations can assure the availability, integrity, security, and usability of SDOH data. The white paper’s authors also discuss how healthcare organizations can share SDOH data with community-based organizations to improve patient care. 

Editor’s note: Reporters interested in covering the meeting as a credentialed journalist should email Mike Bittner, AHIMA’s media and communications manager.


AHIMA is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals. AHIMA represents professionals who work with health data for more than one billion patient visits each year. AHIMA’s mission of empowering people to impact health drives our members and credentialed HI professionals to ensure that health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients and providers. Our leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business, and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide. 

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