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Integrating Social Determinants into Redesigned Care

Teaching Medical Students about the Social Determinants of Health Improves Patient Care

When a patient comes seeking care, typically providers identify symptoms, diagnose, treat, and send the patient on their way with a care plan. But what happens when the patient returns presenting the provider with the exact same issue from the first visit? Are these patients treated exactly the same way again and simply deemed noncompliant?

Today, many teaching hospitals and medical schools are advocating a different approach. They are training residents and medical students on the social determinants of health. Instead of following the traditional model where physicians focus on the presenting illness, diagnosis, and treatment, they are asking these new physicians to identify the social circumstances or behavioral health conditions that are at the root of health issues.

Topics: Healthcare Delivery Social Determinants of Health Community Resources

The Hidden Hunger Crisis in the LGBT Community

First, the bad news: Back in May, Gallup reported that 15% of U.S. adults did not have enough money to buy food for themselves or their families in the last year. Now, the good news: This is a 5% decrease from the 2013 high of nearly 20% and represents the lowest percentage of Americans struggling to afford food since Gallup started tracking the measure in 2008.

Topics: Community Resources Public Health Food

Summer's Impact on the Achievement Gap

The Financial Burden of Summer Vacation

The school year provides a sense of stability for families and a structure that allows both children and parents to form consistent routines. However, for underprivileged families, the stability gained from school is more extensive. In addition to the obvious educational benefits, to unprivileged families school provides child care, meals, mental and physical activity, and often before and after school programs.

Topics: Health Disparities Community Resources Childhood Development

Sustainable Implementation for Mission-Driven Organizations

Do a Google search for nonprofit sustainability and you’ll find a ton of articles about the importance of metrics and quantifiable data to evaluate the work you’re doing. This dialogue focuses on how to appease donors and keep the money rolling in, rather than how to increase results and community impact. Sustainability in finances is indeed an important part of the conversation, but we also need to address sustainability in implementation.

Topics: Community Resources

States Spending More on Social Services Relative to Medical Care Are Healthier

A new study is showing that states that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have much healthier residents than states that don’t, USA TODAY reported.
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Resources Public Health

The Burden of Energy Costs on Low-income Families

A recent report shows that low-income U.S. households pay more than double what average households pay in energy costs when those costs are measured as a percentage of income, Urban Land Magazine reported.
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Resources

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. 

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health Community Resources

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.  

Topics: Healthify Community Resources

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 Community Resources

Accountable Health Communities: Track 1 Awareness

Last week, the Healthify Editorial discussed implementing the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model. The AHC model is premised on finding the answers to three large questions around social determinants. Track 1 Awareness, the model we are examining today, awards $1 million over five years to answer the following question: "Will increasing beneficiary awareness of available community services through information dissemination and referral impact total health care costs, inpatient and outpatient health care utilization, and health and quality of care?"

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Medicaid Community Resources