NCQA: (4/17) – NCQA wrote an article about how they are brainstorming ways to address social determinants of health in response to COVID-19, highlighting their proposal to create standards for Medicaid managed-care plans that would aim to improve access and outcomes by encouraging plans to focus on social determinants.
Health Affairs: (4/16) – Years of budget cuts and underinvestment in public health have made it challenging for local health departments to maintain these foundational capabilities to slow the epidemic and minimize its impact on communities, let alone the surge capacity of COVID-19.
Experien: (4/16) –This article discusses how health plans can prepare to close gaps in care when COVID-19 subsides, including using tools to identify and understand members' social determinants of health barriers and factoring those into overall plans.
Health Affairs: (4/16) – In the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need to target resources to where they are most needed. Health care organizations can play a significant role in lessening the adverse impacts of the virus on vulnerable communities.
BenefitsPro: (4/15) –Beyond concerns about whether their workers will contract COVID-19 and what can be done to protect them, there’s also a growing focus on the well-being of employees as they struggle with financial and mental stress and the social determinants of health.
AJMC: (4/15) – As COVID-19 exposes and exacerbates social determinants of health in at-risk communities, services such as clinical trials and personalized care can provide effective interventions for employers in providing access to vital services.
Health Affairs: (4/14) – As COVID-19 cases have spread across the country, people are turning to community-based social service organizations in ever-higher numbers for help with food, rent and utility assistance, making the funding for health and social services integration even more crucial.
Patient Engagement HIT: (4/14) – Leading physician groups are calling on the Administration to collect racial and sociodemographic data about individuals impacted by COVID-19 in order to understand and address health disparities.
Health Payer Intelligence: (4/14) – Medicare Advantage plans like Cigna and SCAN Health Plan’s Medicare Advantage programs are focused on decreasing senior social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic through new programs and funding, relying on volunteers and community partnerships.
AMA: (4/14) – Leading voices of national physician bodies came together in a recent panel hosted by the AMA to discuss COVID-19 and how it disproportionately affects minority communities
Health Affairs: (4/14) – Many have recently called for improved collection and reporting of COVID-19 sociodemographic data, including data at the national, state, county, city, neighborhood, and health system levels.
NASHP: (4/13) – An analysis by NASHP of state public health websites found that 25 states and Washington, DC are reporting COVID-19 data by race and/or ethnicity.
Patient Engagement HIT: (4/13) – A new data visualization tool out of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will demonstrate how the social determinants of health are affecting COVID-19 risk and outcomes across disparate communities nationwide and throughout individual counties in New York.
New York Times: (4/13) – The coronavirus pandemic could sharpen the health risks of loneliness as community resources that facilitate social interaction for seniors are shut down.
Health IT Analytics: (4/13) – The UC San Francisco School of Medicine Dean’s Office of Population Health and Health Equity has launched a new interactive mapping website that curates publicly available community data, including COVID-19 cases and deaths in California.
The Center Square: (4/10) – Louisiana announced the launch of a task force to study COVID-19-related health disparities and ensure all communities have accurate and timely information about safety and prevention.
Becker’s Hospital Review: (4/10) – The Association of American Medical Colleges has asked for the development of a national COVID-19 data collection system to address race and ethnicity health disparities as well as other social determinants of health.
Austin Monitor: (4/7) – Senior citizens in Central Texas are finding their access to food limited and their social isolation increased. Services like Meals on Wheels and food banks have been working to fill the gap, but are limited by social distancing rules and a constricted food supply chain.
PEW Charitable Trusts: (4/6) – The COVID-19 pandemic shows that responses to public health challenges require public policy solutions that need to look across social sectors.
Milwaukee Independent: (4/3) – Milwaukee city officials revealed that Milwaukee’s African American community is disproportionately affected by the COVID-19, highlighting existing social determinants of health and health disparities that must be addressed during and after the pandemic.
Children’s Hospitals: (4/3) – This report outlines how children’s hospitals are implementing social needs screening, highlighting the need for community resource connections, provides examples of screener tools being utilized, and offer questions to consider when implementing a new strategy to screen.
NIHCM: (April) – NICHM has compiled links to information on COVID-19 and vulnerable populations.