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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

Reducing Health Disparities In Minority Communities Through Community Partnerships

April is Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Active and Healthy”

April is minority health month, and while minority communities continue to increase in population size, the unfortunate truth is that these groups often face significant health disparities. Research shows that health disparities among racial and ethnic groups serve as a barrier to health equity across a range of diseases.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities minority health month minority health

Is Healthcare Leaving Latino Men Behind?

By 2045, approximately 50 million Latino-American men will live in the United States. Imagine if this growing population avoided healthcare; instead of seeking preventative care, they only sought emergency treatment when necessary. It’s a scary thought on its way to becoming reality if not addressed soon.

Currently, Latino males are more likely to be sick and suffer from chronic illnesses than the average American. They are more likely to be obese, develop diabetes, and have high blood pressure, among other illnesses, and are less likely to seek treatment. Compounding matters, due to a distrust of the American health system, Hispanic men avoid doctors, cancer screenings and medication. Instead, they count on the emergency room as their primary point of treatment.

Topics: coordinated care minority health healthcare

Raising Awareness and Bridging the Gap in Minority Health

Your health care depends on who you are.” - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Topics: health disparities coordinated care Robert Wood Johnson Foundation minority health month minority health