SDoH in the News
Administration for Community Living: (9/16) – ACL recently awarded 11 grants totaling over $2 million over three years to fund innovative projects that will enhance the quality, effectiveness, and outcomes of nutrition services programs provided by the national aging services network.
NIH: (9/16) –NIH announced a $12 million award to RTI International for outreach and engagement efforts in racial and ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support teams in 11 states as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) to create CEAL program and provide technical and administrative support.
Health Affairs: (9/16) – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused its annual forum, Sharing Knowledge, held earlier this year, on racial injustice and health. This blog post outlines several key takeaways about the intersection of racial justice and health, its current impacts and the tools and actions that will be most effective moving forward.
Psychiatric Times: (9/16) – The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed existing weaknesses in the mental health system, but also presents an opportunity for reform, especially for vulnerable and low-income communities.
CMS: (9/15) – CMS has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track, which will provide up-front funding to up to 15 rural communities across the country and may address social determinants of health.
Post and Courier: (9/15) – The State of South Carolina is one of four jurisdictions nationwide chosen to participate in a new national program that aims to move child welfare systems from traditional, reactive protection systems to advanced systems designed to support holistic child and family well-being while precenting maltreatment and unnecessary family separation and taking social needs into consideration by leveraging community-based intervention services.
Health Affairs: (9/15) – As discussions continue around promoting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, pediatricians and other primary providers and Medicaid providers will be particularly important to the success of COVID-19 vaccination programs.
MedCity News: (9/13) – COVID-19 has shown primary care’s value in caring for diverse communities, building trust, reaching people in the languages they speak, and providing physical and behavioral health care services. Despite the role that primary care plays, the fee-for-service payment model does not support the comprehensive teamwork needed to provide patients with optimal care.
Dayton Daily News: (9/12) – The Ohio COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force found that black and Hispanic Ohioans face an increased risk of COVID-19 and outlined a blueprint of recommendations to respond to and address these disparities.
Health Payer Intelligence: (9/11) – COVID-19 could be a catalyst to advance value-based care progress among payers, including efforts to move the needle on integrating social factors in healthcare, supporting social determinants of health interventions, and building partnerships with community-based organizations.
NASHP: (9/11) – States are beginning to explore pivoting hospital community benefit requirements to address disparities by COVID-19, with this article noting that one lever available to state policymakers is to require nonprofit hospitals to address health inequities in the community investments they make in exchange for tax exemptions.
Niagara Frontier: (9/11) – HRSA has awarded the YOU Center for Wellness at the Erie County Medical Center Corp with funding to support a food pharmacy program that will provide fresh food for HIV/AIDS patients co-diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes for one year.
GovTech: (9/11) – HHS released its Rural Action Plan, which is the agency’s first attempt to outline a comprehensive strategic framework to address health disparities in rural communities. HHS also announced 10 awards to address social needs of older adults and people with disabilities, as well as $30 million to improve telehealth capabilities in rural areas.
Health Affairs: (9/11) – Suspected opioid overdose deaths are surging during the COVID-19 pandemic. To improve buprenorphine access and advance health equity, it is important for policymakers to consider removing legal and administrative barriers to ensure treatment is equitably distributed and accessible among all persons. with this article highlighting key telehealth policy changes that would improve buprenorphine access while advancing health equity.
STAT: (9/10) – Lyft has continually expanded its medical transportation business to help address social needs. This interview with Lyft’s Vice President of Health Care highlights how Lyft is growing their business to close gaps in health care access.
Medical Economics: (9/10) – COVID-19 is revealing economic inequalities that are forcing some people to choose between health and financial stability. The “economic dislocation” of COVID is impacting nutrition access due to disruptions in the food supply chain and difficulties in affording food.
Patient Engagement HIT: (9/10) – A recent survey found that 57 percent of respondents felt that COVID-19 would push the health care industry to focus even more on the social determinants of health moving forward and place a greater emphasis on closing gaps to care and increasing access to care.
Baylor College of Medicine: (9/10) – Baylor College of Medicine announced a renewed commitment to address the inequitable health outcomes affecting underrepresented minorities, including furthering understanding of social determinants of health in both the design of clinical and bioethics research as well as the provision of clinical care.
Fierce Healthcare: (9/8) – A recent report from Better Medicare Alliance found that Medicare Advantage plans serve more people with social health risk factors like food insecurity than the FFS program. More than half of MA beneficiaries with annual incomes below the federal poverty line represent racial or ethnic minorities.
Patient Engagement HIT: (9/8) – As healthcare organizations increasingly pledge to address social needs and implement social determinants of health programs, they must partner with community partners to effectively meet patient needs.
State of Reform: (9/3) – The Oregon Health Authority has launched its new 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan, focusing on health equity and social determinants of health in five priority areas: institutional bias, adversity, trauma, and toxic stress, behavioral health, economic drivers of health such as housing and food insecurity and access to equitable preventative health care.