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RWJF Social Determinants Learning Report

Social determinants, as readers of this Editorial know, are those everyday factors like housing, food, and employment that influence our health and health outcomes. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has been a leading source of information on the high cost we pay as a society when we leave social determinants unmanaged and unaddressed. To that end, RWJF has collected enormous amounts of data and consistently presented research showing why this is one of the most important issues facing American health care.

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Healthify Presents at Health 2.0 Pittsburgh

 Watch Eric Conner present Healthify  and discuss social determinants of health at Health 2.0 Pittsburgh hosted by Jewish Healthcare Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA. 

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Smoking Hurts Your Health And Your Job Prospects Too

Study Finds Smokers Earn Less than Nonsmokers

Smokers have a harder time getting jobs, and when they do get jobs, they earn less than nonsmokers, a Stanford University study found. Those findings, which recently made headlines in NY Daily News, and other news outlets, are especially sobering given smoking's well-known, detrimental health effects.
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Take 20 Minutes for Yourself

As social workers, our ability to take care of ourselves is paramount to being able to take care of others. That’s why Healthify created the Community Care Network. It’s a place for social workers, case managers, and social service professionals to form a web of support for each other. Find out more about how you can join, contribute, and connect. And, while you’re taking time for yourself, why not take a look at this inspiring TED Talk from Guy Winch, on practicing Emotional First Aid.

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Healthify Raises $2.5 Million to Improve Community Health

Healthify, whose mission is to change the way healthcare addresses community health, today announced the close of a $2.5 million seed round led by a syndicate of investors including Primary Venture Partners (PVP), Milestone Venture Partners (MVP), Acumen, Kapor Capital, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Healthify works with managed care organizations and healthcare providers to better connect patients with community services to resolve unmet social needs. The company already provides services in 24 states and raised the money to expand its coordination feature set into a nationwide network of insurers, healthcare providers, and community agencies.  

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The Economic Cost of Domestic Violence

It's obvious that domestic violence takes a serious toll on victims' physical and emotional health, but what about its impact on their future earnings and productivity?
According to a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, more than 39 million women — or about one-third of the country's adult female population based on U.S. census figures — experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, from slapping to beating.
Topics: health disparities public health

Five Dimensions of Poverty

The simplest definition of poverty is having little or no money, but a new report by The Brookings Institution examines the problem beyond the metric of income.
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Accountable Health Communities: Track 3 Alignment

Next week — May 18 — is the deadline for bridge organizations to submit their applications to CMS for the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model. For the past few weeks, Healthify has been reviewing how software can support the goals of Track 1 Awareness and Track 2 Assistance. Today we review Track 3 Alignment — the largest and most complex of the three interventions proposed by CMS. Track 3 is a $4.5 million grant that will be awarded to 20 bridge organizations to answer the following question: Will a combination of community service navigation and partner alignment at the community level improve total health care costs and inpatient and outpatient health care utilization?

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Accountable Health Communities: Track 2 Assistance

With the grant deadline for the CMS Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model just a couple of weeks away, Healthify is continuing its review of all three tracks of the AHC model. Today we take a look at Track 2 Assistance — a $2.5 million dollar grant over five years — that will allow 12 bridge organizations to answer the following question raised by CMS: “Will providing community service navigation to assist high-risk beneficiaries with accessing community services to address identified health-related social needs impact their total health care costs, inpatient and outpatient health care utilization, and health and quality of care?”

Topics: social determinants of health Medicaid