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Understanding the influences of social determinants of health (SDOH) on blood donation may help define the relationship between health in a community and rates of blood donation. While much is known about the demographics of blood donors in the United States, their SDOH have not yet been studied. Research examining SDOH outside the United States has found that many factors influence the likelihood of blood donations. These factors include education, income, health insurance, health status, and marital status. The aim of this study is to examine U.S. blood donors’ SDOH such as emotional support, stress levels, physical safety and access to food, housing, and healthcare, as well as identify trends between these factors and donation frequency.


Mark Fung MD PhD

University of Vermont

Jenny Lamping

American Red Cross Blood Services


Social Determinants of Health, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Older Adults, Public Health Infrastructure

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Social Determinants of Health Among Blood Donors