SDoH in the News
Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness: (3/20) – The Coalition has creates a resources page on the physical, behavioral, and mental health effects of social distancing and how to stay connected with others while intentionally isolating oneself.
Health IT Analytics: (3/19) – New research from the American College of Cardiology found that an individual’s social determinants of health can provide valuable information about a person’s potential risk of heart disease, but these clinical factors are often overlooked.
SIREN: (March) – SIREN has compiled a resource page on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations.
Health Affairs: (3/19) – This blog article discusses health justice strategies to combat COVID-19, especially for protecting vulnerable communities during a pandemic.
PEW Charitable Trust: (3/18) – Housing plays a key role in people’s health and well-being, with research showing how living conditions influence maternal and infant health.
EHR Intelligence: (3/18) – According to a PEW Charitable Trust focus group, patients want enhanced data sharing for providers and patients, but they stressed the importance of patient data privacy and security.
MobiHealthNews: (3/16) – CVS’s Guardian Angel program teams up with Unite Us on social determinants of health program providing resources to individuals with substance abuse disorder in North Carolina.
NCRC: (3/13) – The outbreak of the coronavirus is the latest reminder that social determinants of health must be considered if we aim to curb the spread of disease and advance public health now and in the future.
The National Council for Behavioral Health: (March) – The National Council has compiled a resource page for the public, behavioral care organizations and behavioral health care resources.
Health Payer intelligence: (3/13) -- Researchers from both coasts of the US recommended a special needs plan under Medicare Advantage that would improve the nation’s homeless healthcare strategy, since individuals facing unstable housing often struggle with mental and behavioral health care issues.
Patient Engagement HIT: (3/12) – A new package of legislation from the Congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus, titled the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020, aims to close health disparities and address key social determinants of health that fuel black maternal health disparities.
Patient Engagement HIT: (3/12) –The social determinants of health remain a key barrier to patient care, with social risk factors coming in as a leading cause of most older adults not being able to age in place, despite their own wishes, according to a new report from Edelman Intelligence.
ACL: (3/11) – Following up on the National Summit on Health Care and Social Service Integration, the Administration for Community Living reflects on their first national summit and the sense of urgency and window of opportunity to integrate social services and health care in the U.S.
Herald News: (3/10) – Legislation in Massachusetts would fund a pilot examining the impact of offering medically tailored meals to patients with a range of conditions and create a Food and Health Pilot Research Commission to review the pilot’s impact.
JAMA: (3/10) – This commentary focuses on implementation considerations for social determinants of health screening and referral interventions for children and the need for sufficient social services, public benefits, and community-based resources to truly make a difference in improving children’s overall health and well-being.
Fierce Healthcare: (3/9) – According to a survey of 200 health system executives from Advis, the biggest obstacles to addressing social determinants of health in hospitals is lack of money and an inability to prove an ability to make money.
Modern Healthcare: (3/9) – Michigan Governor Whitmer’s fiscal year 2021 budget includes a $5 million funding request to create a Medicaid transformation office focused on identifying new or enhanced payment and delivery systems, and addressing social needs.
Modern Healthcare: The Affordable Care Act increased coverage and incentivized the growth of value-based payment in healthcare, leading many to better understand the importance of social determinants of health.