SDoH in the News
NAMI: (8/6) – As more emphasis is placed on addressing the social determinants of health, this article outlines ways to address the social determinants of mental health by bringing healthy food options, community centers, and neighborhood cohesiveness to underserved communities.
Becker’s Hospital Review: (8/5) – Relying on a strong population health framework that emphasizes value-based care, and actively identifies gaps in care can help strengthen health systems and vulnerable populations for integrated health systems like Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
USA Today: (8/5) – COVID-19 has left millions of Americans without enough food, with charities and food banks across the country struggling to meet demand rural America being extremely affected. The Senate can take action to help, such as providing a temporary 15% increase in SNAP benefits, as the country is on the brink of an economic and food security disaster.
Health Affairs: (8/4)– The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the country’s housing affordability crisis. As more families face the prospect of eviction, it is critical to consider the impacts of eviction on health and health equity, and the policy levers available to address it.
Health Affairs: (8/4) – There have been more than 3.5 million social needs requests during COVID-19 from 2-1-1 helplines across the U.S. This article synthesizes the data from these calls and highlights four broad observations, their implications, and lessons learned.
VICE: (8/4) – COVID-19 has provided even more evidence of how socially determined health is, exposing how deep social inequalities are and how factors like income, education, housing, race and social status can impact health outcomes.
Health Leaders Media: (8/4) – RWJ Barnabas Chief Transformation Officer Paul Alexander, MD, MPH, views social determinants as a catalyst for change, and argues that the pandemic accelerates opportunities to address social needs.
Fierce Healthcare: (8/4) – Structural racism and social determinants have played a role in healthcare experience and outcomes, but there are concrete steps we can begin to take to begin to address the social determinants of health.
Patient Engagement HIT: (8/3) – While health equity is not a new concept, the health industry is seeing renewed energy around using community health partnerships to alleviate care barriers and improve health disparities.
Avalere: (8/3) – Experts from Avalere’s Center for Healthcare Transformation break down the concept of social determinants of health and its impact on health in this new podcast series.
Fortune: (7/31) – Healthcare occurs both inside and outside of health systems, with this article highlighting four ways that health systems can start to address health disparities.
AZBigMedia: (7/31) – UnitedHealthcare awarded more than $100,000 to three community-based organizations in Arizona to expand access to care and address social needs for uninsured individuals and underserved communities.
CFO Dive: (7/30) – COVID-19 is accelerating a focus on telehealth and preventive care, including focuses on food benefits and mental health, which could impact the health benefits employers provide.
Healthcare Finance News: (7/29) – A large racial divide exists in being able to pay for COVID-19 treatment, with a recent survey finding that people of color are far more likely to worry about their ability to pay for healthcare if diagnosed with COVID than their white counterparts.
Patient Engagement HIT: (7/28) – The CDC has announced a health equity plan for its COVID-19 response, which emphasizes a greater focus on community health, cultural competence, and access to COVID-19 testing and treatment as part of its efforts to promote health equity.
NASHP: (7/28) – NASHP published an interactive map highlighting detailing which states are reporting case, mortality and testing data by race and ethnicity on a state, zip code, or community level, and what initiatives they are taking to address race and health inequities.
Health Affairs: (7/27) – This blog discusses lessons from rural Northern New England and despite the challenges of rural health systems having limited capacity, significant poverty and social vulnerability, there is a rural ethos of compassion and solidarity that helped mount an effective response to COVID-19.
Foster’s: (7/27) – A report published by the New Hampshire COVID-19 Equity Response Team found that social determinants of health affecting communities of color had already laid the groundwork for a devastating and disproportionate impact by the coronavirus, adding recommendations to address COVID-19 within communities of color across the state.
Health Affairs: (7/27) – The Blue Shield Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation compared California’s and Texas’s Medicaid health plans’ investment in social determinants strategies, facilitating factors and challenges for plans, technical assistance needs and policy recommendations.
AMA: (7/28) – As the healthcare system increasingly sees the importance of addressing health inequities, there are several steps that Congress can take to address health disparities.
Modern Healthcare: (7/25) – Charlotte providers have focused their COVID-19 response to underserved communities by partnering with community organizations and addressing health disparities.
The Hill: (7/24) – In this interview, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) discusses COVID-19 and how racial and ethnic health disparities have been impacted more and had worse health outcomes due to factors like the social determinants of health.
Health Affairs: (7/20) – This article presents a framework for understanding health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides short- and long-term solutions to reduce these disparities.