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

October 3, 2018 - 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 Communities initiative, a program that focuses on community health partnerships as a means to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). The SDOH...


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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...

Building Healthcare Partnerships to Drive Beneficiary Engagement

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a new care delivery model that aims to improve preventive care, early detection, and care access for pediatric patients at-risk of having an opioid addiction or behavioral health issue. The Integrate Care for Kids (IncK)...

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...

Creating Community Health, Social Programs to Drive Health Equity

by Sara Heath

Healthcare industry leaders have made it part of their mission to drive health equity, giving all patients equal opportunity to achieve wellness. But as many organizations work toward this goal by expanding patient access to care, others...

Who are Community Health Workers, How Do They Treat Patients?

by Sara Heath

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...

Driving Health Equity in Value-Based Care Payment Models

by Sara Heath

Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service payments to value-based payment models is an important step toward higher-quality healthcare and more judicious healthcare spending. However, emerging payment models must take into account the...

Intermountain Alliance to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Intermountain Healthcare plans to invest $12 million in programs to coordinate community care services that address the social determinants of health in two Utah cities, the organization recently announced. These funds will bolster the...

How School-Based Behavioral Health Addresses Care Gaps, SDOH

by Sara Heath

Inside Delaware’s Eisenberg Elementary School, a classroom that once housed desks, chalkboards, bookcases, and easels, is now a classroom with a fully-functioning pediatric clinic, complete with doctor’s checkups and even...

RWJF Funds Population Health, Community Health Outreach Office

by Sara Heath

NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health will create an Office for Enhancing Hospitals’ Role in Improving Community Health using grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The $800,000 grant will help...

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