4 Ways Health Plans and Communities Can Address SDOH

The increasing emphasis on social determinants of health is based on recognizing that “health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and communities.”

It’s well-documented that health plan members are often treated “downstream” of where their health problems actually begin. This is especially true of economically disadvantaged people who face housing, transportation, food, and related social challenges that exacerbate their health problems and that medical care alone can’t resolve.

Because of this, communities across the country are investing “upstream” in social services that address social factors (sometimes called social determinants of health—SDOH) to help improve the long-term health of their most vulnerable citizens, many of whom receive their healthcare from public programs such as Medicaid. Read more…