SDoH in the News
The Hill: (6/24) – The author of this op-ed calls for support for the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R. 6142), which would help reverse health disparities in maternal mortality, given that black women in the U.S. are three to four times as likely to die due to pregnancy-related causes as compared with white women
Revcycle Intelligence: (6/23) – According to CMS, health disparities seen in Medicare claims data during the COVID-19 crisis underscore the need to transition to value-based reimbursement models, which encourage clinicians to provide whole-person care.
Patient Engagement HIT: (6/23) – In this article, Patient Engagement HIT outlines some of the key social determinants of health that affect chronic disease management and how the healthcare industry has begun to address them.
Health Payer Intelligence: (6/22) – Humana’s latest Bold Goal program report highlights ways that payers can scale their social determinants of health strategies across lines of business and demographics.
NASHP: (6/22) – During the COVID-19 pandemic states have begun engaging community health workers to combat COVID-19 and health inequities given their unique position as culturally competent, frontline public health workers who are trusted by the communities they serve.
St. Louis American: (6/22) – Contact tracing efforts in St. Louis have allowed investigators to meet unmet health and social needs beyond the pandemic by working with the Integrated Health Network, Regional Health Commission, health centers, hospital systems, and the Urban League to identify resources that may be available but unknown to uninsured individuals.
Route Fifty: (6/19) –Virginia’s Health Equity Task Force is pursuing partnerships with local governments in order to get protective gear and information about COVID-19 to minority communities, using Census data to identify communities with characteristics that may put households at increased risks.
CNBC: (6/19) – African American doctors are pushing for anti-bias training in medicine to combat health inequalities, including lectures on social determinants of health, as research has shown that the lack of diversity can translate into less-responsive care for people of color.
HIT Consultant: (6/18) – Social determinants of health options are beginning to be factored into health coverage benefit offerings, with plans beginning to see the benefit of addressing social needs in addition to health needs.
Forbes: (6/18) – Humana’s Bold Goal initiative to improve the health of seniors in private Medicare plans through better management of patient populations continues to show improvement five years into the effort, with an improvement in the number of healthy days among all MA members across all markets.
Patient Engagement HIT: (6/17) – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a partnership with Feeding America to provide over 710,000 meals to veterans as part of the VA’s efforts to address social needs.
Forbes: (6/17) –In order to mitigate a second wave of COVID-19, the United States has to prioritize social determinants and focus on prevention instead of addressing health problems after they manifest.
Patient Engagement HIT: (6/16) – While community health and community-based health are two related population health strategies, they have inherently different delivery mechanisms with community health focusing on multi-sector and multi-disciplinary collaboratives that promote healthy living and addressing social needs.
Patient Engagement HIT: (6/16) –68 percent of primary care patients think that racism is affecting their health according to a new survey from the Larry A. Green center and the Primary Care Collaborative, which underscores racism as a key public health issues and race as a social determinant of health.
MedCityNews: (6/15) – This article argues that COVID-19 has shed a light on the need for widespread interoperability, which would allow for expanded analyses covering all patient information, including social needs, care disparities, preexisting conditions and patient history.
Modern Healthcare: (6/13) – COVID-19 highlights the need to tackle lingering social needs, with the urgency of finding upstream solutions becoming more crucial as the impact of COVID-19 on many communities affected by social determinants of health.
CHCS: (June 2020) – CHCS features the work of Dr. Norm Ward, a family practitioner and Chief Medical Officer for OneCare Vermont and the need to use online data tools to connect high-risk patients with social needs to resources when in-person visits are not possible.
City Health Dashboard: (June 2020) – NYU’s City Health Dashboard has launched a new COVID-19 Local Risk Index, which enables municipal leaders to identify cities and neighborhoods with populations at higher risk of COVID-19 infection or severe illness by incorporating key risk factors that are social determinants of health.