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CareSource: CareSource announces plans for health hub at former Good Samaritan Hospital site (10/3) – CareSource announced they will open its first CareSource Health Hub at the new YMCA being built on the site of former Good Samaritan Hospital.
Vizient: Vizient Shares Feedback on Improving Access to Rural Healthcare (10/4) – Vizient
offered feedback on understanding and supporting efforts to address social drivers of health in rural and underserved areas in response to the House Ways and Means Committee's Request for Information (RFI).
AHA: Health Affairs article examines role of health equity officers in addressing health care disparities (10/5) – A Health Affairs article authored by individuals at AHA and other organizations examines hospital equity officers’ roles and actions to address the leading factors that contribute to health care disparities, including structural racism.
AHA:Equity of Care Award Winner Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital on Successful Pathways to Advancing Health Equity (10/6) – In this conversation with AHA, Franck Nelson, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital assistant vice president of health equity, discusses the big steps the organization has taken to dismantle equity barriers in its care delivery system and the community it serves.
Next Pittsburg:UPMC Health Plan supports youth mental health through community partnerships (10/10) – UPMC
recently hosted the US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, as part of his national tour to explore how communities across the country are supporting youth mental health. He remarked that Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania are known nationally for innovative, community-based approach to addressing youth mental health concerns.
CareSource: Record number of families take part in Preble County walk-up food distribution (10/11) – CareSource volunteered at the Preble County Walk-Up Food Distribution held at the Preble County Fairgrounds.
Workforce Housing Development Act (9/26) – Rep. Slotkin (D-MI) introduced the Workforce Housing Development Act (H.R. 5733), which would establish a competitive grant program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the construction, preservation, or rehabilitation of affordable workforce housing in areas with shortages of affordable housing units.
The CDC announced awards to states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations for the third year of the Social Determinant of Health Accelerator program. This year, CDC split the program into two grant programs, the first focused on providing grants to support the development of Accelerator Plans, and the second to support the implementation of plans and interventions that address social determinants of health.
Aligning for Health is thrilled to see CDC’s commitment to growing and supporting state and community efforts to address social determinants of health, and supports continued and expanded funding for this pivotal program for fiscal year 2024.
CMS: Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Announced (10/10) – CMS posted reports evaluating Phase II of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Test, which, among other findings, discusses tactics used to address beneficiaries’ health-related social needs, including through the use of supplemental benefits.
HHS: HHS Announces $16.7 Million in New Grants to Boost U.S. Economy and Create Sustainable Jobs for Individuals with Low Incomes (10/10) – HHS, through the Administration of Children and Families, announced $16.7 million in new grant awards to support 39 Community Economic Development projects, intended to stimulate new jobs with sustainable wages for individuals in low-income communities.
ACL: ACL Announces New Funding to Improve Support for Family Caregivers (10/12) – The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announced $3 million in new funding over four years to further advance our support of the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers.
HHS: Identifying and Classifying Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Claims in the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System, 2016-2020 Issue Brief (10/12) - To support analysis of Medicaid-funded HCBS use, this brief describes a methodology for identifying and classifying HCBS claims reported to the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) by service category.
HUD: HUD Announces $212 Million Funding Opportunity to Expand Affordable Housing Options for Persons with Disabilities (10/12) – HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing announced today that $212 million in funding is available to expand the supply of affordable housing and supportive services for very-low and extremely-low-income persons with disabilities. The funding is available to participants in the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, which helps develop, subsidize, and provide supportive services for rental housing to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.
SDoH & Health Equity in the News
Becker’s: 29 ways payers can improve equity (10/9) – Becker's asked nearly 30 health care executives where payers can have the biggest effect on health equity.
Fierce Healthcare:COVID-19 shined a spotlight on food insecurity. Here's how payers are tackling the issue (10/9) – During the COVID-19 pandemic, this article emphasizes health insurers’ focus on food insecurity as a SDOH.
JAMA: New AI Tools Must Have Health Equity in Their DNA (10/11) – JAMA published a perspective piece detailing a conversation between the journal’s editor in chief Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Dr. Kedar S. Mate, resident and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in which they discuss the importance of incorporating equity into clinical AI tools.
New Research & Reports
Health Affairs: A Formal Framework For Incorporating Equity Into Health Care Quality Measurement (10/2) – The RAND corporation penned a research article about leveraging quality measurement tools to incentivize equitable care. The propose equity weighting, a new measurement framework to advance equity on multiple fronts that addresses the shortcomings of existing approaches and explicitly calibrates incentives to align with equity goals.
NASHP:Medicaid and Housing: State Strategies to Support Housing-Related Services (10/2) – NASHP published a toolkit that provides state officials with details on state supportive housing programs to address SDOH, including payment approaches, Medicaid authorities, and a crosswalk of housing programs in 18 states.
Health Affairs: Voices, Images, And Experiences Of Community Health Workers: Advancing Antiracist Policy And Practice (10/2) – Authors provide perspectives on the role of community health workers as front-line public health personnel. They dive into how the lived experiences of community health workers working, residing, or both in Baltimore City, Maryland, intersect with facets of their jobs.
Health Affairs: Mitigating Racial And Ethnic Bias And Advancing Health Equity In Clinical Algorithms: A Scoping Review (10/2) – Authors conducted a literature review to identify health care applications, frameworks, reviews and perspectives, and assessment tools that identify and mitigate bias in clinical algorithms, with a specific focus on racial and ethnic bias.
Health Affairs: How Funding Policy Maintains Structural Inequity Within Indigenous Community-Based Organizations (10/2) – Despite efforts to increase investment in Indigenous health and well-being in the U.S., researchers conclude that disparities remain, and they can be best addressed tough community-based organizations.
PLOS Global Publications: Rural-urban disparities in health outcomes, clinical care, health behaviors, and social determinants of health and an action-oriented, dynamic tool for visualizing them (10/3) – Researchers found that visualization tools can help guide policymakers and researchers with grounded information, communicate necessary data to engage relevant stakeholders, and track SDOH changes and health outcomes over time.
Health Services Research:Social determinants of health as a framework to identify and assess cross-sector funding opportunities (10/4) – Researchers found that using an SDOH analytical framework is an innovative approach to conceptualizing and synthesizing the contents of complex legislation.
December 4-6 – RISE and Aligning for Health, “Social Determinants of Health Policy Forum.” Aligning for Health is thrilled to be partnering with RISE for the Second Annual Social Determinants of Health Policy Forum this December, where we will convene leading policymakers with cross-sector practitioners to identify opportunities and advance policies that support stronger communities, better health, and solutions to address health and social needs.