SDoH in the News
HHS: (10/15) – HHS announced an $8 million contract with Premier, Inc to improve maternal health data collection and quality improvement and create a network of at least 200 hospitals to deploy clinical, evidence-based best practices in maternity care.
Fierce Healthcare: (10/14) –RWJBarnabas Health system in New Jersey launched a new Health Beyond the Hospital (HBTH) program, which will screen every patient for social determinants of health and refer them to any needed social services to address their needs. This program will be the first “end-to-end, universally applied, culturally-tailored and fully integrated” social determinants program in the U.S.
Healthcare IT News: (10/14) – In a virtual session held during the HIMSS Deep Dive: Global Health Equity Week, lawmakers and leaders from the HIMSS Global Health Equity Network outlined actions they are taking to address disparities in access to care and maternal mortality among Black women.
Health Payer Intelligence: (10/13) – Two health plans, Blue Shield Promise and LA Care, turned to virtual health to connect members to social needs resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The payers are now exploring ways to integrate virtual and in-person community supports and services.
American Medical Association: (10/13) – Henry Ford Health System opened in 1915 to improve the health of the community in Detroit. Today, it is still focused on improving health and well-being within the community through programs such as the At Your Door: Food & More program that provides contact-free deliveries of food during COVID-19 and the Women-Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network to cut infant mortality in the city
BioSpace: (10/13) – Kaiser Permanente released a COVID-19 Social Health Playbook, which provides tools and guidance to clinical care teams for screening patients for social needs during the pandemic and connecting them with resources to ensure such needs are met. This is a publicly available resource that care providers across the industry can utilize.
The Salamanca Press: (10/13) – New York Presbyterian launched the new Dalio Center for Health Justice to better understand and improve health equity and drive action that would improve health outcomes.
Patient Engagement HIT: (10/9) – Health-related social needs can impact the success of value-based care arrangements, leading to greater attention to models that address social needs.
Fierce Healthcare: (10/8) – Anthem announced it will expand its slate of benefit programs to target social needs for MA beneficiaries in more geographies in 2021. COVID-19 sparked the need to increase such offerings and ensure that they are not impeded as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
U.S. News & World Report: (10/8) – Health care payers and providers are partnering to address social needs within their communities to improve health and lower costs. This article highlights investments Optum, Providence, Atrium Health, and Kaiser Permanente are making in their communities to address health disparities and social needs.
CATO Institute: (10/7) – California implemented a COVID-19 health equity metric, which would require counties in the state to prove they are investing in eliminating disparities in virus transmission rates in disadvantaged communities before being approved to reopen economic activity.
Patient Engagement HIT: (10/6) – New research from Health Affairs revealed that health disparities and health inequity begin during childhood and are impacted largely by race and geographic location. Population- and place-based community health interventions could help mitigate the impact of certain adverse childhood events.
Business Wire: (10/6) – A joint venture between the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), and the National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT) will invest $1 billion to build and preserve 10,000 affordable homes and to address economic, health and racial inequities across the country.
Brookings Institute: (10/5) – A recent webinar and study from Brookings shows techniques the government can use to braid and blend funds from different sectors and agencies to address social determinants of health.
The White House: (10/5) – President Trump signed the Executive Order on Saving Lives Through Increased Support for Mental and Behavioral Health Needs. The order focuses on preventing suicides, drug-related deaths, and poor behavioral health outcomes and would establish a Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group to facilitate a government-wide response to mental health conditions exacerbated by the pandemic.
Business Wire: (10/5) – An analysis by Kantar Health’s Social Determinants of Telehealth monitor revealed significant differences in telehealth usage among groups that may impact and further inequities in overall health outcomes.
Modern Healthcare: (10/5) – Local pharmacies can play an important role in expanding primary care access in their communities, largely due to their connection to stakeholders within the health care system. Pharmacies can increase access to convenient care and improve health equity within medically underserved communities or areas experiencing provider shortages.
American Academy of Pediatrics: (10/1) – Value-based care programs within pediatrics have focused on addressing social determinants of health that correlate with adverse physical and emotional outcomes. This report provides an equity lens for identifying and addressing social needs within pediatric value-based care.