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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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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 partnership

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 minority 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 vulnerable populations education

Healthify's Latest White Paper Is Here!

SDoH Strategy, Programs, and Infrastructure: The 3 Keys to Building a Network of Community-Based Organizations

Topics: social determinants of health community-based organizations white paper

Confronting SDoH to Manage or Prevent Hypertension

How HCOs are addressing SDoH in populations with chronic conditions

Last Friday was World Hypertension Day. This chronic condition—also known as high blood pressure—affects more than 75 million people in the United States, but only 54 percent of people who have hypertension say they have their condition under control. In 2014, hypertension was the primary or contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans—that’s 1,000 people per day who are fatally affected by hypertension. In addition to contributing to poor health outcomes, hypertension also costs $48.6 billion to treat each year.

Topics: social determinants of health food insecurity care coordination

Leveraging SDoH Technology to  Address Social Needs

How healthcare organizations are using technology to address the social determinants of health

Technology can be a powerful tool for organizations seeking to address the social determinants of health (SDoH) within their communities. As healthcare organizations (HCOs) continue to take innovative approaches to value-based care delivery and address SDoH, they’re also looking toward groundbreaking technology to support their initiatives.

Topics: social determinants of health care coordination sdoh technology

On World Asthma Day: Addressing SDoH Needs Care Coordination

Why coordination is the key to addressing SDoH-related asthma triggers

Today is World Asthma Day, and on this day, we are reminded that the social determinants of health (SDoH) have a significantly adverse effect on children and adults who are exposed to environmental factors like allergens, tobacco smoke, and indoor and outdoor air pollution. Asthma is a major contributor to disease and disability in children, and social factors have given rise to unhealthy residential environments where risk factors of asthma are clustered.

Topics: social determinants of health coordinated care care coordination

Funding for SDoH Initiatives Incentivizes Multi-stakeholder Collaboration

How HCOs are leveraging alternative payment models to address SDoH

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a significant funding opportunity for states and local governments looking to invest in social determinants of health (SDoH). The opportunity stems from a little-known provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA). Of the $100 million appropriated under the law, the Treasury Department has allocated nearly $66.3 million to finance outcomes-based payments for “social impact partnership projects.”

Topics: social determinants of health coordination health spending

CMS Updates Medicare Advantage Payment Policies, What It Means for SDoH

New supplemental benefit coverage may help address SDoH amongst seniors

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new Medicare Advantage payment policies for 2020 that will increase competition among health plans, so patients receive higher quality care at lower costs. The changes announced by CMS will increase plan choices and benefits, allowing seniors the option to choose Medicare Advantage plans that offer supplemental benefits customized to their specific needs. Additionally, the new policies will also give chronically ill patients with Medicare Advantage plans access to a range of supplemental benefits that aren’t exactly health-related, but may improve or maintain their overall health.

Topics: social determinants of health Medicare elderly