Bridging Gaps to Build Healthy Communities
“Without a better understanding of how individuals view the role that social determinants play in their health and wellbeing, payers and providers risk missing opportunities to address gaps and engage more effectively with their members and patients.”
This interesting research from Anthem Public Policy Institute and Quid explores the differences between individuals’ concerns regarding social determinants that impact health and well-being, and the focus of mainstream media and academic literature. The contrast is clear: people center on actionable factors like access to healthy food and affordable housing — issues that can be addressed today. While media and academia focus time and attention on longer-term structural and systemic challenges like education and income inequality.
“The gap between these differing perspectives highlights opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals — in particular by addressing social connectedness and community support.”
The report offers steps payers, providers and service organizations can take to better understand the perspectives of individuals regarding the barriers they face — and harness those perspectives to shape efforts that improve health.