Addressing Unmet Basic Resource Needs as Part of Chronic Cardiometabolic Disease Management

Addressing Unmet Basic Resource Needs as Part of Chronic Cardiometabolic Disease Management

December 2016
A long-term study by Dr. Seth Berkowitz of Massachusetts General Hospital found that primary care patients who screened positive for an unmet social need such as food, housing and transportation and were encouraged to enter the Health Leads program saw statistically significant improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol, but not blood sugar. Read the article.

Article: Understanding Variation–26 Years Later

Article: Understanding Variation–26 Years Later

November 2016
Health Leads President Rocco Perla’s article highlights, through several examples across all facets of the federal government, how our inability to understand variation over time has led to economic, social and physical loss – and how at best, that results in wasted time and money on uninformed decisions that are ineffectual, and at worst, creating vehicles of harm and injustice. Read the article and check out his accompanying blog post on the findings’ implications for the healthcare system.

Viewpoint: Putting the Health of Communities and Populations First

Viewpoint: Putting the Health of Communities and Populations First

October 2016
The United States’ investments in health care amount to nearly one-fifth of national expenditures. Yet the U.S. is less healthy than other countries with a comparable standard of living. This Viewpoint examines possibilities and priorities for achieving healthier communities and identifies national strategies for moving U.S. public health efforts on the path toward prevention. Read the piece. 

Effects of Social Needs Screening and In-Person Service Navigation on Child Health

Effects of Social Needs Screening and In-Person Service Navigation on Child Health

September 2016
This randomized clinical trial, the first to evaluate health outcomes of a pediatric social needs navigation program,  found that compared with an active control at 4 months after enrollment, in-person service navigation significantly decreased families’ reports of social needs and significantly improved children’s overall health status as reported by caregivers. Read the article. 

Perspective: Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients–An Urgent Priority

Perspective: Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients–An Urgent Priority

July 2016
Improving the performance of America’s health system will require improving care for the patients who use it most: people with multiple chronic conditions that are often complicated by their limited ability to care for themselves independently and by their complex social needs. But doing so will require new levels of collaboration among health care providers, payers, communities, social service organizations, academics, researchers, and others. Read the article. 

Viewpoint: Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Screening for Social Determinants of Health

Viewpoint: Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Screening for Social Determinants of Health

June 2016
Dr. Arvin Garg of Boston Medical Center shares five key principles to guide physicians on how to effectively incorporate screening for social determinants of health into their practice to ensure the benefits of screening for social needs and minimize unintended consequences. Read the article. 

Report: Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Improve Health Care and Health

Report: Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Improve Health Care and Health

May 2016
This report aims to provide health foundations with a perspective on the emerging intersection of social determinants of health, health care systems and social and other services–fields that intersect in how and what data are collected. The authors interviewed 38 experts, including Kelly Hall, Health Leads Managing Principal, Transformative Impact, for insights on collecting and using SDOH data. Read the report.

Research: Redesigning Health Care Practices to Address Childhood Poverty

Research: Redesigning Health Care Practices to Address Childhood Poverty

April 2016
This guide defines the ways in which child healthcare practices can be adapted to mitigate the negative effects of poverty on children and support the efforts of families to lift themselves out of poverty. It identifies effective screening method and interventions as well as policy suggestions  to support the delivery of these enhanced services. Read the report. 

Policy Statement: Poverty and Child Health in the United States

Policy Statement: Poverty and Child Health in the United States

April 2016
In its first ever policy statement on poverty, the American Academy of Pediatrics builds a powerful case for addressing social determinants of health. It urges providers to screen children for poverty-related health risk factors and offers concrete examples of model programs.  Read the statement. 

Report: A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Report: A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health

March 2016
This high level framework aligns education, health and other sectors to better meet local needs in partnership with communities. It puts forth a conceptual model with the goal of helping stakeholder groups envision ways in which organizations, education, and communities can come together to address health inequalities. Read the report.