SDoH in the News
Health Affairs: (7/23) – COVID-19 has given the United States the opportunity to make its healthcare system better, with the authors of this article laying out ten actions for better post-pandemic health care in the United States, including ensuring safe housing.
Patient Engagement HIT: (7/22) – Nurse practitioners are pivotal in health equity work; they can help discuss social needs with patients who otherwise wouldn’t disclose these needs to providers. However, without regulatory support to expand their scope of practice, it is difficult for nurse practitioners to fulfill their potential while treating patients.
Patient Engagement HIT: (7/22) – The Office for Civil Rights within HHS issued guidance reminding organizations in federal programs that they cannot limit care access on the basis of race, color or national origin to assure racial health equity.
Harvard Business Review: (7/21) – The lack of standardized approaches to health equity data and the failure of state and federal agencies to collect and report data sorted by demographic factors is a reminder of the urgent need to track and address inequities in health care.
Healthcare Finance: (7/20) – UnitedHealthcare donated $12.3 million to help community-based organizations across 21 states recover from the pandemic as part of its Empowering Health commitment that increases access to care in underserved areas as a means to address the social determinants of health.
Health Affairs: (7/20) – COVID-19 has exposed the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color; h this post presents a framework for understanding health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as short and long-term solutions to reduce these disparities.
The Blaze: (7/18) – Two U.S. cities, Minneapolis, MN and Burlington, VT, have declared racism a public health emergency, passing resolutions that named systemic racism as a principle social determinant of individual and public health.
Kera News: (7/17) – The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation in Dallas, Texas developed the Vulnerability Index, to uncover racial disparities by highlighting zip codes in North Texas that are most at risk for COVID-19 infections.
Essex News Daily: (7/17) – RWJ Barnabas Health has received $2 million in a grant from the Walmart Foundation to pilot a universal social needs screening tool for patients in select locations across the system.
Med City News: (7/16) – The United States spends the least amount of money on social care and the most on medical care, compared to other developed countries, but has worse overall health outcomes. This article argues that we must intentionally and strategically reallocate some healthcare dollars to invest in communities.
Healio: (7/15) – The American Heart Association released a scientific statement detailing the many correlations between homelessness, low-quality housing and neighborhood environment with the prevalence of COVID and its risk factors.
Medium: (7/14) – Intermountain Healthcare is one of the companies that is taking steps forward with public-private partnerships before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, investing in affordable housing to address social needs and structural racism.
Drug Topics: (7/14) – As nonmedical issues require pharmacists’ attention in increasingly urgent ways, enhanced pharmacy services such as home delivery, curbside services, and expanded personal patient outreach create opportunities for pharmacist and pharmacy services to address social needs during the pandemic.
State of Reform: (7/14) – A survey found that a majority of Texans say lawmakers should prioritize social determinants of health as they expand access to healthcare.
Healio: (7/14) – The United States Preventative Services Task Force has developed a plan for creating primary care-based recommendations regarding social determinants of health in recognition of the impact social determinants have on well-being.
KSDK: (7/14) – Th St. Louis Area Foodbank has distributed 16.7 million meals since March 16 as part of their coronavirus relief efforts, bringing on 70 new food distribution sires since March.
DNYUZ: (7/10) – The Los Angeles County Health Department reported this week that Black residents were dying at twice the rate its white residents were, suggesting that residential segregation could be one of the primary drivers of racial health disparities.
Health Affairs: (7/10) – Moving forward, health services researchers, innovators and public health advocates should employ approaches to rigorous study design when thinking about how to transform care delivery to address the needs of complex populations and strengthen evidence around the most promising models of care.
NPR: (7/10) – Around the country, volunteers, firefighters and nurses are knocking on doors in minority neighborhoods to stop the spread of coronavirus and address the social determinants of health by distributing personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and helping citizens connect to health care services.
NACHC: (June) --- The National Association of Community Health Centers released an infographic about the impact of COVID-19 on the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE) social determinants of health domains.