The Social Determinants of Grief and Loss

The Social Determinants of Grief and Loss

The GAP Network - Virtual


11:30 am - 1:00 pm
February 8, 2024

The Social Determinants of Grief and Loss: How Our Environment and Social Systems Affect Our Bereavement




In this session, we will address the five domains of the Social Determinants of Health and how they play a pivotal role in grief and loss. Not only will we delve into community barriers that decrease access to grief support, but also address health disparities and environmental aspects that lead to increased loss. We will discuss the importance of cultural competence related to grief and the importance of addressing community environments when discussing grief and loss.


Andi Yates, MA, MFT

Andi’s foundational belief is that people are not broken but rather that they are in need of support and healing. Andi is a systems-oriented therapist who works with the whole person to develop a personalized approach to treatment. Her current specializations include relationship issues, perinatal and maternal mental health, trauma, disordered eating, neurodivergence, gender and identity expression and working with the LGBT+ community. Andi’s clients appreciate her tailored approach and resources, as well as a range of options for treatment, including horticultural therapy.

Burk Steinman, OCPS

Burk Steinman (she/her) serves the Prevention Action Alliance as a Prevention Coordinator for the Community-Based Services team. In her role, she is responsible for managing and coordinating projects related to the G.A.P Network, and statewide gambling initiatives. Burk is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist and has worked at Prevention Action Alliance since 2022.
She received her Master of Public Health from the University of New England in 2021. While pursuing her MPH, she worked as a case manager for North Central Mental Health Services and focused on treatment plans and connecting clients with community-based housing and healthcare resources. In addition, Burk enjoyed working with Licking County Health Department, where she worked with Health Educators on Project DAWN and COVID-19 vaccination site coordination. Before pursuing her MPH, Burk graduated from Miami University with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health. While finishing her undergraduate degree, she worked as an Emergency Medical Technician at the local fire department. After seeing the importance of preventative healthcare as an EMT, Burk decided to pursue a career in public health and prevention, with a specific interest in substance misuse prevention.
Burk is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, but currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband. She enjoys backpacking, drinking coffee, running, reading, and spending time with her family.
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