Social Determinants

NC Blues’ Patrick Conway in conversation with David Brailer: Transformation from partnerships

In this video interview, Conway and Brailer explore the challenges and market forces driving the move toward this new relationship.

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Coordinating community resources is key to changing social determinants

The social determinants of health—factors like access (or lack of it) to food, shelter and transportation, exposure to environmental contaminants, and risks from domestic or community violence—account for up to 80 percent of a person’s state of health. Increasingly, healthcare providers in accountable care reimbursement arrangements must address them or risk losing money on patients

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Social determinants lesson #1: Providers must listen

When Mandy Cohen, MD, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, was a young resident, she saw a 24-year-old patient, commercially insured, who was losing weight and even losing her hair. “I did what doctors do—I ordered a lot of lab tests” Cohen said during a main stage discussion at the

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A pilot program improves outcomes by connecting care to housing needs

At a Health Evolution Summit discussion, Diane Holder shares a successful pilot program working with community resources.

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Progress in addressing the needs of Medicaid and “dual-eligible” patients

A ‘thrive screen’ is helping Boston Medical Center make more informed decisions on where to intervene and invest.

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New initiatives take on the social obstacles to health

Policy changes are necessary to support substantive change but in the current regulatory climate, leaders are demonstrating success with new community-based initiatives

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Addressing the social determinants of health: Connecting patients with community resources

The connection between social factors and the cost of healthcare has been well-established. Food insecurity, unstable housing and social isolation are clear obstacles to delivering care efficiently for many patients.

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