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Community Health Workers Becoming More Common at Hospitals

Though the American Hospital Association doesn't keep track of how many hospitals have launched community health worker programs, an official with the group recently said it's becoming "much more common," Kaiser Health News reported.
Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of 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.
Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities public health

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?

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health Medicaid

Implementing CMMI's Accountable Health Communities Model

With the deadline to submit applications for the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model just over a month away, Healthify is examining the needs of the various tracks in the CMS AHC model. This is a follow-up to our article on "Build Versus Buy." In that previous post we examined how building versus buying software played out within the context of the AHC model. 

Topics: Healthify healthcare delivery public health

The Overlap Between Primary Care and Social Work

Social determinants of health like housing, education and employment can make a bigger difference in a person's health than clinical care. But to what extent, and in what ways, should primary care doctors be expected to address those issues?
That's one topic that's explored in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, with different doctors taking various positions on the matter.
Topics: healthcare delivery

Pediatricians Urged to Do Poverty Checkups

How Poverty Affects Children's Health

In light of the destructive effects of poverty on health, the nation's leading pediatrics group last week recommended that pediatricians check up on young families' financial well-being.
Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities public health

44 Million Reasons to Talk about Mental Health

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 44 million American adults experience mental illness in a given year. 44 million. 1 in 5 adults. We’re talking about anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, dementia and schizophrenia, to name a few. 44 million people. If you haven’t already paused to think about this, pause now.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health

The Shared Commitment to Improving Access to Healthcare

“80 percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health

The Community Health Center 50 Years Later

This past August, the United States officially marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of the nation’s first two community health centers with National Health Center Week. Health centers, however, might not have achieved their prominent status in providing healthcare to America’s most vulnerable communities if not for the efforts of the late Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities public health

Health Inequality: Where You Live Matters

Detroit, Michigan has been the deadliest large city in America for decades. The city’s rate of violent crime is five times higher than the national average. The child mortality rate rivals third-world countries with 120 deaths in children under the age of 18 per 100,000. In the neighboring suburbs, a drastically different story is told: child mortality occurs at a much lower rate of 45.4 per 100,000 and violent crimes are rare. A difference of a few miles can mean the difference between a relatively safe and healthy life and one of child mortality and high crime rates.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health health disparities