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Identifying Successful Community Health Programs to Address SDOH

February 4, 2019 - The social determinants of health (SDOH) may be commonly accepted as key to successful value-based care strategies, but the road to addressing those factors is less clear. With efforts to build community health programs in their nascency, healthcare organizations are left in the dark on which models are most effective. But a new partnership between the Aetna Foundation and the National...


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Can SDOH Data Use and Policies Create Health Disparities?

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The social determinants of health have emerged as critical factors in driving value-based care and patient wellness programs. But could initiatives addressing the SDOH have unintended, negative consequences for patients? Potentially, says...

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Housing Program to Address SDOH

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New community health programs from Kaiser Permanente aim to address the homelessness issue that affects the Oakland, California, area as a part of the health system’s efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). In a...

MA Attorney General Awards $3M for Social Determinants of Health

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Thirteen community health groups will split nearly $3 million in grant funding from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Health. These grants will fund projects across the Commonwealth that aim to address the social...

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by Sara Heath

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Patient Access to Care, SDOH Priorities for Hispanic Communities

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Patient access to quality, affordable healthcare is a top healthcare priority for Hispanic community leaders, followed by making investments in numerous community health projects, according to a new survey from the Healthy Americas...

VA Community Outreach, Suicide Prevention Programs Need Leadership

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ (VA’s) community outreach and suicide prevention efforts need better leadership and direction, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. VA designed its...

Few Docs Discuss Social Determinants of Health with Patients

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Sixty-eight percent of patients have experienced at least one of the social determinants of health (SDOH), but very few are talking to their doctors about it, according to a recent report from Waystar. The SDOH are the various lifestyle...

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University medical and public health schools are investing in community health groups working to address issues of health equity and the social determinants of health. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health...

How Community Health Workers Support Value-Based Care Principles

by Sara Heath

New data from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that community health workers can reduce hospitalizations by 65 percent, helping organizations deliver on value-based care principles. The research,...

How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

Payer Awards $2M for Social Determinants of Health, Community Health

by Sara Heath

The Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grant funding to 25 non-profit organizations working to address the social determinants of health. These grants come as a part of the Aetna Foundation’s Building Healthy...

How Community Care Coordination Drove Down Avoidable ED Visits

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry is grappling with issues tied to avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, a costly trend that serves as an important indicator of lacking care management. In Milwaukee, a community organization is working to...

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When it comes to beneficiary engagement, healthcare payers cannot go it alone. Strong healthcare partnerships with plan members, community stakeholders, and providers help payers understand the best avenues for member outreach. This much...

CMS to Drive Community Care Coordination for Behavioral Health

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HHS Awards $125M to Support Community Health Centers, Patient Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has awarded $125 million in grant funding to community health centers in an effort to improve patient access to care in high-risk and high-needs areas. These awards come as a part of the...

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The transition to value-based care has expanded the definition of patient wellness to include both physical and social health. As patient care stretches into the community, the healthcare workforce begins to center on the community health...

UnitedHealthcare Invests Millions in Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

UnitedHealthcare has awarded multimillion-dollar grants to community health organizations to help address the social determinants of health in Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, the health plan has announced. These grants...

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