Nurses have always understood the social determinants of health. Now the world is catching up. Featuring Deborah Coplin-Hall.

Deborah Coplin-Hall, MS, RN and Carla Harwell, MD discuss how nurses have been at the forefront of screening patients for social determinants for decades, only now are social determinants and cultural competency being taught, structured and systematized. Deborah describes some important progress being made with health disparities, such as increasing the minimum wage in her city of Buffalo, NY, and she explores the impact of gentrification on communities of color. Deborah has successfully married her work as a nurse with an active role in the church, where strong emphasis on engagement in personal health has been integrated with faith-based activities. She also discusses countering “the brush off” by asking physicians the right questions and making sure care providers fully listen and respond to patient concerns.