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C49. Social Determinants of Health and Addiction

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Learner category:

  • Intermediate Level

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will identify Social Determinants of Health as they relate to Addiction Discuss the relationship between Social Determinants of Health and Engagement of the client struggling with addiction Articulate health care professional implications in appropriately addressing Social Determines of Health and addiction Recognize the correlation of SDOH and Diversity and Inclusion


This presentation is intended to discuss social determinants of health and the importance of assessment when treating those with addiction. After reviewing the evidence and considering current events plaguing our nation, it is imperative that we discuss and examine the implications of social determinants of health and the influence on those living with addiction. Addiction follows cycles of relapse and recovery. How we adequately address addiction without consideration of where our clients live, work, attend school, church, and play? It is also important to consider the constructs of diversity and inclusion when addressing the determinants of health. Treating addiction requires inclusivity- seeing the client as an individual, without omitting a holistic care plan.


Tracy Hicks
DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN C-Trilogy Comprehensive Clinical Care

Tracy Hicks is a dual certified APRN in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. She received her BSN from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010, Master’s and Post Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 and 2015, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2017. She holds a certification in addictions through the International Nursing Society on Addictions (IntNSA). Certification in Diversity and Inclusion through Cornell University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society as well as local, state, and national NP organizations. She serves on committees for the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and IntNSA. Appointed Co-Chair of Texas Steering Committee and Board of Directors for the American Academy of HIV Medicine and Texas Nurse Practitioners. Has served as content expert for the American Nursing Association, Barkley Associates, review panel for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) mental health division for HIV/AIDS, All of Us Research representing Texas. Has served as peer reviewer for APNA and IntNSA.

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