Health Leads in the News

Marketplace

Marketplace

April 3, 2014
At a time when the healthcare sector is compelled to drive down costs and improve outcomes, it is no longer enough to simply treat patients when they are sick.  This segment of American Public Media’s Marketplace highlights the need for health systems to pay for services that have traditionally been considered outside the scope of care.  Leading systems, including Kaiser Permanente, have already begun to pilot programs that address patients’ social needs.  Listen to the full segment.

Fast Company

Fast Company

April 1, 2014
This Fast Company article highlights the ways in which we must rethink our medical system — expanding our traditionally-held views of where, when, and why we care for people — to truly reform healthcare.  Health Leads is named as an organization tackling the economic and social factors that affect patients’ health.  Read more.

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

April 1, 2014
While 22% of children live below the poverty level, nearly half live in a low-income household.  In the spring issue of AAP News, the article “Pediatricians Can Connect Economically Insecure Families to Community Resources” highlights the pivotal role clinicians can play in helping families navigate tough economic times.  Health Leads DC is mentioned as an impactful way for doctors to address the non-medical factors that affect patients’ health.  Read more.

TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour

March 14, 2014
In this episode of TED Radio Hour, “Solving It,” Rebecca Onie and other leaders share their big ideas on how to solve some of the most pressing systemic challenges in the United States.  When reflecting on addressing patients’ social needs in our healthcare system, Rebecca says, “I’d love for us to not even be having this conversation in 10 years…and that this is just how care is provided.”  Listen to the episode.

Do It Yourself Health

Do It Yourself Health

February 21, 2014
At the 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, leaders acknowledged the shifting world focus from healthcare to health.  Rebecca Onie discusses the increasing momentum around these global conversations on health, many of which have been triggered by shifting market trends and financial incentives.  Read more.

Building a Culture of Health

Building a Culture of Health

February 10, 2014
In the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2014 Annual Message, President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey discusses the Foundation’s vision for creating a culture of health where all Americans, regardless of income, education, or location have the opportunity to lead a healthy life.  She stresses that health should not be defined by healthcare, but rather include the broader context of people’s lives–where they live, learn, work, and play.  Read more.

Now That Everyone’s Got A Smartphone, We Need Apps That Serve Low-Income Groups

Now That Everyone’s Got A Smartphone, We Need Apps That Serve Low-Income Groups

February 4, 2014
From 2011 to 2013, nationwide smartphone ownership nearly doubled for low-income adults.  Considering this trend, the need for apps that serve this community is greater than ever.  In this article, Director of Systems & Technology Zach Goldstein discusses Health Leads work to connect low-income families to social services by leveraging smartphone ownership.  Read more.

Patients Need an Affordable, Stable Home to Be Healthy

Patients Need an Affordable, Stable Home to Be Healthy

February 4, 2014
An article on Minnesota Public Radio highlights the work of UnitedHealth to address the link between safe, affordable housing and health.  Health Leads is mentioned as a program that enables providers to prescribe basic resources, like housing, to their patients.  Read more.

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Getting to the Root of the Problem

February 1, 2014
This Modern Healthcare article highlights the work of the care coordination team at Sinai Health System to address patients’ non-medical needs.  Sinai is one of the many hospital systems across the country that has begun tackling the social, economic and environmental conditions that affect health outcomes.  Health Leads is highlighted as one way hospital systems are choosing to tackle this issue.  Read more.  *Subscription may be required to view article.

Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health

Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health

January 23, 2014
Health Leads was recently invited to participate in Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health webcast, Connecting Patients & Social Support for Better Health. This webcast, part of the Center for Total Health’s Technology Focus series, showcases innovative technology solutions in healthcare as a resource to Kaiser staff and other key stakeholders.  Read more.