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Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie is the Content Marketing Manager at Healthify. She engages with our audience and promotes our mission and values through our digital assets.

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An ROI Framework for the Social Determinants of Health

Download our latest resource to learn more about measuring the effectiveness of SDoH interventions

Sustaining SDoH investments requires demonstrable improvements in health outcomes and a reduction in costs of care. But identifying the ROI of SDoH interventions remains a significant challenge. How can payors measure the effectiveness of SDoH interventions?

Topics: SDoH data SDoH interventions

Healthify Distributes Funds to Support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Grants from Acumen America brings food, rent, and utilities assistance to Kansas City and Topeka

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a light on the critical role of social supports and services. Since the onset of the outbreak, many families have experienced job losses and face difficulties with food and housing. To help provide relief and support, Healthify recently announced the distribution of grants to several community-based organizations (CBOs) to address food and housing insecurity in Kansas City and Topeka, Kansas.

Topics: social determinants of health COVID-19

The ROI Associated With Addressing SDoH

Download the case study to learn how Reading Hospital partnered with Healthify to address SDoH

As payors and providers continue to develop programs to address the social determinants of health (SDoH) to improve health outcomes, many organizations are beginning to see the ROI associated with whole-person care. One of those organizations is Reading Hospital.

Topics: social determinants of health Medicaid Medicare case study

Leveraging Supplemental Benefits to Address SDoH

Flexibility in MA supplemental benefits can move the needle on outcomes

The coronavirus outbreak first suspended — then upended — ordinary life for most Americans. Now, with the explosion of COVID-19 cases across the country, broader health and safety concerns around the epidemic are hitting close to home. The recently enacted coronavirus emergency supplemental legislation, which includes enhanced telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries, will then be welcome news.

Topics: social determinants of health public health Medicare

Organizational Preparedness for SDoH Networks

Download the SDoH Network Readiness Discussion Guide

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Across the country, health plans continue to focus on improving the quality of care and reducing associated costs by addressing the social determinants of health (SDoH). Meanwhile, health plans are also looking to collaborate with social service organizations to help increase their capacity to address SDoH outside the clinical setting. 

Topics: coordinated care

The Impact of SDoH on Health Plans

Legacy Challenges and Innovative Solutions

This resource examines the effect of unaddressed social needs on health plans, the challenges associated with implementing interventions, and how health plans can develop proactive strategies to overcome those challenges.

Topics: social determinants of health white paper

Healthify Raises $16 Million to Integrate Health and Social Services

The latest funding marks a pivotal point in the movement toward value-based care 

Healthify, the leading company integrating the social determinants of health (SDoH) in the era of value-based healthcare, has raised $16 million in a Series B financing round led by SV Health Investors and existing investors like BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners (BCBSVP). The latest round of funding provides strategic capital to fuel the company’s rapid growth as it continues to bring healthcare and social service organizations together in accountable networks. To date, Healthify has raised over $28 million through investments, grants, and awards.

Topics: social determinants of health population health value-based care

Healthify Partners With Landmark Health to Address SDoH

The Partnership Will Address SDoH Across 97,000 Patients

On June 18th, Healthify and Landmark Health announced a groundbreaking collaborative partnership to address the social needs of 97,000 patients across 13 states—California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. The partnership between Healthify and Landmark signifies a notable milestone in Landmark’s mission to deliver comprehensive care to complex, chronic patient populations wherever and whenever they need it.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health coordinated care value-based care

Collecting SDoH Data to Address Health Inequities

How gathering SDoH data can inform population health strategies

As the healthcare industry continues to recognize the impact of the social determinants of health (SDoH) on overall health, it's becoming critical for health plans and providers to look beyond the four walls of clinical care to address these nonclinical factors. And even though research has shown that SDoH can have an impact on up to 40% of an individual's overall health, for some communities that impact can be even more significant. In minority populations, particularly, SDoH can be challenging to overcome.

To close the health equity gap, a better understanding of the social needs impacting minority communities is vital. By having better insight into the different domains of SDoH affecting minority populations, healthcare organizations (HCOs), government, community-based organizations (CBOs) and advocacy groups are in a better position to create programs that drive targeted interventions for specific needs within those communities.

Topics: healthcare delivery population health SDoH data

Addressing SDoH to Reduce Smoking Rates and Improve Health Equity

How HCOs are addressing SDoH to promote smoking cessation in vulnerable populations

Cigarette smoking is one of the most pronounced examples of health inequities today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), low income cigarette smokers are disproportionately impacted by cigarette smoking than smokers with higher incomes. Research shows that populations with low socioeconomic status have higher rates of lung cancer risk than those in the most affluent groups. The reality is that smoking is a significant contributor to more than 480,000 smoking-related deaths every year, or about one in five deaths. However, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities