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Applying Learnings from Social Workers in SDoH Technology Solutions

Two New Enhancements to the Healthify Platform

As the U.S. healthcare industry continues maturing value-based care models, the social determinants of health (SDoH) is becoming a major focus for top healthcare organizations. Healthcare organizations and community partners are beginning to develop frameworks and workflows that effectively address unmet social needs. According to a recent survey completed by Change Healthcare and the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG), more than 80% of health insurers are working to address the Social Determinants of Health in their member programs.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health SDoH technology Social Work

What's the Effect of Parental Domestic Violence on Children?

Victims of Chronic Domestic Violence Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide

A new study by the University of Toronto found that one in six adults who were exposed to chronic parental domestic violence during childhood has attempted suicide, according to a university news release.
The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts among adults who had been exposed to such violence during childhood was 17.3 percent compared to 2.3 percent among those without the same exposure, the release stated. 
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Social Work Childhood Development

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 Social Work

Smoking Hurts Your Health And Your Job Prospects Too

Study Finds Smokers Earn Less than Nonsmokers

Smokers have a harder time getting jobs, and when they do get jobs, they earn less than nonsmokers, a Stanford University study found. Those findings, which recently made headlines in NY Daily News, and other news outlets, are especially sobering given smoking's well-known, detrimental health effects.
Topics: Social Work Health Disparities Public Health

Take 20 Minutes for Yourself

As social workers, our ability to take care of ourselves is paramount to being able to take care of others. That’s why Healthify created the Community Care Network. It’s a place for social workers, case managers, and social service professionals to form a web of support for each other. Find out more about how you can join, contribute, and connect. And, while you’re taking time for yourself, why not take a look at this inspiring TED Talk from Guy Winch, on practicing Emotional First Aid.

Topics: Healthify Social Work

The Economic Cost of Domestic Violence

It's obvious that domestic violence takes a serious toll on victims' physical and emotional health, but what about its impact on their future earnings and productivity?
According to a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, more than 39 million women — or about one-third of the country's adult female population based on U.S. census figures — experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, from slapping to beating.
Topics: Social Work Health Disparities Public Health

Promoting an Able-bodied NYC at LiveOn NY

When I was a graduate student at Columbia School of Social Work, one of my favorite classes was Advanced Program Planning. While I enjoyed both the professor and the course content, the most fascinating aspect of the class was the rich conversation and dialogue that emerged from students, all of whom had varied passions within the realm of social work. We were a social work variety pack, working doggedly in field placements across every imaginable setting — schools, clinics, hospitals, prisons, law firms — united in common purpose to improve the quality of life for the people we helped.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Social Work Community Resources

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 Social Work Community Resources

ACE Trumps What?

From 1995 to 1997, more than 17,000 individuals went to the doctor and had a standard physical exam. One key difference between this exam and the one you get each year? At the time of their check up, participants completed a survey, like the one below, with questions about their childhood history, current health status, and behavior (in other words, the social determinants of their health). In doing so, these 17,000 individuals became a part of a longitudinal study assessing the relationship between adverse child experiences, health care use and causes of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is called the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study or, more commonly, the ACE study, and it is still going on to this day.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Social Work Public Health

The Team That's Got Your Back

A few weeks ago, the Healthify team announced that we were looking to hire a new software developer to work on the application and an additional social worker for resource and community support. Meet the two new members of the team who've got your back on solving the social determinants crisis in healthcare:

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health Social Work