SDoH in the News
Milbank Memorial Fund: (11/12) – Improving housing has been used as a strategy to improve people’s lives and health outcomes. However, evidence supporting the use of housing interventions to improve specific dimensions of health is surprisingly weak, likely due to the fact that housing interventions address multifaceted problems and are likely to impact several aspects of well-being. This article explores data around this topic in further detail.
Healthcare Business Insights: (11/10) – Health care organizations have started to take a whole-person approach to care to address social needs, especially in the wake of COVID-19. HBI analyzed the types of needs social media users posted about throughout the pandemic, including food insecurity and housing concerns and discussed approaches hospitals can take to better address social needs.
PR Newswire: (11/10) – As part of its $600 million commitment to address racial and health inequities, CVS Health announced its plan to invest $8.7 million to build 116 units of affordable housing and expand its no-cost preventive health screening program in Orlando.
Center for Health Care Strategies: (11/9) – To address declining childhood immunization rates during COVID-19, the State of Rhode Island relied on cross-sector partnerships to accelerate its response. The state is a participant in the Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid which is working to create greater alignment between Medicaid and early childhood services to meet the needs of children and their families.
Modern Healthcare: (11/5) – This op-ed discusses how COVID-19 has placed a spotlight on how racial discrimination factors into social determinants of health, and argues the importance of addressing and ensuring equal health outcomes for all in the United States.
NEJM: (11/5) – Investing in community health workers and community-based organizations can help address the social determinants of health that disproportionately affect low-income, minority populations that have been magnified during the COVID-19 crisis. These workers can help improve material conditions, facilitate access to care, and provide psychosocial support.
Healthify: (11/5) – Medicaid programs across the country have played a significant role in bringing payers, providers, and other stakeholders together to address social determinants of health through new initiatives. Section 1115 waivers are a critical tool for states looking to use SDOH data to improve health outcomes for the Medicaid population.
Managed Health Care Connect: (11/5) – COVID-19 has exacerbated existing social determinants of health, with some in the industry terming a new phrase of ‘COVID Determinants of Health’ (CDoH), which serve to exacerbate health outcomes and risks associated with COVID-19. This article discusses trends in CDoH and three suggested strategies to address them moving forward.
Health Affairs: (11/4) – COVID-19 has exposed the structural racism that exists in policies, ideologies, and systems including the health care system. This article proposes an anti-racist approach to medical care that emphasizes recognizing racism’s historical roots, identifying racism within the medical system, and dismantling it to challenge enduring racial health disparities.
RAC Monitor: (11/4) – Medline recently awarded $250,000 in grants to 13 organizations working to address community health and social determinants of health. The focus of these organizations span from addressing food insecurity to health quality and access.
Health Payer Intelligence: (11/3) – COVID-19 has further revealed the impact of social determinants of health for communities across the country. Medicaid programs have responded to address social needs with innovative solutions that can help guide payer industry efforts in this area.
The Business Journal: (11/3) – In 2019, Ohio Governor DeWine expanded the Home Visitation initiative, which provides pregnant women with free resources and services intended to help address social needs for low-income individuals in the state. This initiative has been critical to address infant mortality within the Medicaid program, and has resulted in fewer preterm births and shorter stays in neonatal ICUs.
NJ Spotlight News: (11/3) – NJ Spotlight News convened a panel of clinical and policy experts to discuss maternal health outcomes in the state. Panelists highlighted the Nurture NJ campaign, which has helped reveal significant racial gaps in maternal health outcomes in New Jersey, and discussed how to ensure more equal access to maternal health care and family planning.
Forbes: (10/31) – Low health literacy has consistently been linked to poor health outcomes, but it has largely been left out of the discussion around social drivers of health. This article explores why health literacy is not prioritized in social needs interventions.
Healthcare IT News: (10/30) – In a recent interview, chair of the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Taskforce Ian Slade said there is a large disparity in health literacy affecting how individuals navigate the health care system. This interview outlines the Chapter’s priorities related to social determinants and health equity.