Category Archives: Social Determinants of Health

Center for Health Care Strategies: Supporting Social Service Delivery through Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations – Early State Efforts

This issue brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies describes how accountable care organizations (ACOs) funded by state Medicaid programs are supporting the delivery of social services as part of a comprehensive strategy to improve health care quality and reduce … Continue reading

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California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative Releases Request for Proposals

The California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative has released its Request for Proposals, with funding available for up to six Accountable Communities for Health in California.  Funding for up to $250,000 is available for the first project year, with up to $300,000/year available … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine: Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment – Identifying Social Risk Factors

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a committee to identify social risk factors that … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: Accountable Health Communities Model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) have announced the availability of funding for a new model for improving health care quality and reducing health care costs, called Accountable Health Communities.  The model will focus on the health-related social needs of … Continue reading

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PolicyLink: Opening Video from 2015 Equity Summit featuring Mayda del Valle

Here is the amazing opening video from the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit, featuring Mayda del Valle:

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PolicyLink: Equity -The Soul of Collective Impact

This discussion paper from PolicyLink integrates the concepts of collective impact and equity, making the case that without equity, any collective impact does not achieve its full potential. The collective impact framework, of course, recognizes that transformative work in communities … Continue reading

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PolicyLink: Achieving Health Equity in Promise Neighborhoods – A Resource and Implementation Guide

This resource guide from PolicyLink highlights how health equity goals can be incorporated into the federally-funded Promise Neighborhoods program.  The Promise Neighborhoods program, established in 2010, seeks to create a comprehensive pipeline of supports in the nation’s most distressed communities to … Continue reading

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PolicyLink: Health Equity – Moving Beyond Health Disparities

This paper from PolicyLink outlines principles for achieving health equity that move beyond identifying health disparities. The term “health equity” broadens the disparities concept by asking, “Why are some populations at greater risk of illnesses and preventable deaths than others?” … Continue reading

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PolicyLink: Why Place and Race Matter

This comprehensive policy report from PolicyLink details why both place and race are important factors in the health and well-being of individuals and communities.  The idea that place matters has percolated up from the ground, gaining currency in public health, … Continue reading

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PolicyLink: Why Place Matters – Building a Movement for Healthy Communities

This policy report from PolicyLink highlights the importance of a place-based perspective in building healthy communities.  The framework described in this report provides a way to understand the relationship between community conditions and health, analyzes the connections among all of … Continue reading

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