Healthify Blog

3 Philosophical Pillars Used to Guide Recruitment at Healthify

Topics: Mission Social Determinants of Health Recruiting

SUNY Downstate Medical Center Using Healthify to Empower Future Community Health Workers

 

The places where people live, learn, work, and play”, known as the social determinants of health (SDOH), have been estimated to contribute from 40%-60% of an individual’s health outcomes.  For some time it has been known that community health workers (CHWs) play a significant role in improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of care within a patient population. In fact, a report published by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health, in 2016, showed how targeted CHW programs achieved returns on investment ranging from $2.28 to $4.80 for every dollar spent. Due to such studies, insurers, managed care organizations (MCOs) and other large health institutions are placing a greater emphasis on SDOH and many have begun to manage them more robustly.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Health Workers Community Based Organizations

3 Strategies for Taking a Community-Centered Approach to Care Coordination

At Healthify, we believe that health is a human right, and that health disparities are largely influenced by socioeconomic factors such as access to housing, food, education, and employment. These factors are commonly known as the social determinants of health.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Coordinate Care Health Department Community Resources community-centered

Purple Binder Joins Healthify Team to Support Evolution of Social Determinants Space

At Healthify, we believe that there is more to health than healthcare. This belief is a part of everything we do - through our technology, our deep relationships with community partners, and in the strategic partnerships we build. Today, I’m excited to announce that Purple Binder, a pioneer in the development of community health solutions, will be joining the Healthify team. A union that is driven by a shared mission to build a world where no one’s health is hindered by their need.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Much evidence has been generated about the influence that unmet social needs have on our health. Social determinants such as food insecurity, access to affordable housing, and transportation play a significant role in an individual's health, accounting for more than 40% of health outcomes. We experienced the barriers that existed in identifying social needs, accessing the right information to address those needs, and the lack of accountability that made it difficult to close the loop on specific services while working in Baltimore.

We built Healthify to enable healthcare organizations to connect with community partners who can reduce the number of unmet social needs in a community. Through our platform healthcare organizations can implement their social determinant initiatives at scale and make operational, workflow and referral changes to understand and address the social determinants of health on the ground. In four short years, we've grown from a platform covering only four states to one that reaches over 15,000 healthcare staff across the county. Purple Binder joining our team is a continuation of that growth that will deepen our presence in the public sector and in critical areas of the country, like Chicago and California.

Following the closing of our Series A round, led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, we’ve increased our focus in the development of solutions that connect healthcare and community partner stakeholders together to move the needle on social determinants. The integration of Purple Binder's community partner networks and data with Healthify allows us to increase our reach and strengthen our outcomes data to provide our clients with a better understanding of what success looks like for them. We’re building a stronger evidence-based infrastructure, for patients, healthcare organizations, governments, and community agencies to work together to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care. 

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Purple Binder

Food Insecurity: How Major Cities Are Managing $77.5 Billion

Studies have shown that there is a significant link between food insecurity and higher health care costs in the US. Those with food insecurity were found to incur an extra $1,863 in health care expenditures ($77.5 billion in additional health care expenses annually). And while we have previously written about the negative health effects of food insecurity and combatting food deserts in our blog, Healthify Insights, we have yet to dive deeply into the efforts that have been made to address this costly issue. As such, we have compiled fours years worth of Healthify's food insecurity data, enriched with data from the US Census Bureau and other publicly available sources, to understand the correlation between food insecurity and other socioeconomic factors across three metropolitan cities: Seattle; New York; and Philadelphia. Our report also investigates how food insecurity is being managed across these cities.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Social needs food insecurity

How Healthify Uses Open Referral Standards to Strengthen Care Coordination

Data has been at the core of Healthify’s mission since we were founded five years ago. To address the social determinants of health, we must connect patients with resources in their community. To do that, we must have a resource provider directory that is extensive, hyper-local, and accurate. After years of investing in and refining our data curation process, we are now looking to the Open Referral project to help take our database to the next level.

Topics: open referral Social Determinants of Health Accountable Care Organizations care coordination

Funding a Food Allergy

Food allergies have become synonymous with the upper-middle class; there’s probably a punchline somewhere about all the nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free items in a Whole Foods shopping cart at this very moment. But, the reality is, food allergies plague every socioeconomic group in the nation; 8% of children in the United States have at least one food allergy. Wealthier families just have the means to proactively manage them.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Food Health Disparities

Social Determinants of Health and Physician Education

Healthcare in the United States ranks last out of 11 developed nations in the world (Citation 1). We lag far behind the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and seven other countries in access, equity, and health care outcomes. Yet, we spend more on healthcare than any of them. However, we spend much less on social services than any of the other 11 countries and therein lies the problem.

Topics: Health Spending Health Disparities Social Determinants of Health

Keeping the Lights On: Combatting Energy Insecurity with Social Programs

Vulnerable, low-income populations in need of social services visit the emergency room at more than twice the rates of other Americans. But once treated and discharged, they face another barrier to staying healthy when they return home: keeping their utilities on. More than 16 million US households face energy insecurity, meaning that they go without necessary utilities such as heat and electricity, throughout the year.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Utilities Food

Turning the Healthcare Spend Right-side Up

It’s no secret that America spends a lot on healthcare. At 18% of GDP, a total of $3.2 trillion, America spends more on healthcare than any other country. However, recent data suggests the issue is less about how much we spend, and instead, where we spend it.

Topics: Healthcare Health Spending Social Determinants of Health