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  1. Martinez, G. Sofia MPP
  2. Chu, Jun MPH
  3. Marachelian, Alis MPH, CPCC
  4. Gomez, Maria MPH, RN


Research on social determinants of health shows that factors outside of medical care including environment, education, and income also affect health. Some community health centers seek to address these by providing additional nonmedical services. Community health centers can find it difficult to justify these costs when the benefit is unclear. This review highlights studies on services like those the community health center Mary's Center provides through its Social Change Model, offering health, education, and social services in the Washington, District of Columbia metropolitan area. The review finds that most studies report positive results, though more research is needed, especially in the area of social services.