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The National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH) has released a new white paper providing insights in to their action plan to systematically create a supportive policy environment to address social determinants of health. The paper introduces NASDOH’s plans to bring clarity to the current understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities for the health care system to address social determinants in concert with communities and the public and private sector.

 

Housing

“Home is Where the Heart Is (and the Lungs and Liver)” discusses how housing impacts health and summarizes five recommendation to improve existing and create new collaborations between the U.S. departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS), as outlined in a Bipartisan Policy Center “HUD-HHS Partnerships: A Prescription for Better Health” report. The recommendations in this op-ed (found here) are as follows:

  1. HUD and HHS should strive to connect at-risk populations with available resources by developing a national data-matching initiative
  2. The agencies should integrate housing and behavioral health resources to provide a better platform for treatment and long-term recovery
  3. Creating more healthy homes to reduce lead poisoning and asthma triggers should become a shared goal
  4. The agencies should align their disaster-related housing and health services so communities can better help residents after a natural disaster, and
  5. HUD and HHS should support healthy aging by better coordinating their existing supportive services and home modification programs

Physician’s Perspective on SDOH

Leavitt Partners released a white paper that examines physician attitudes towards social determinants of health (SDOH), current barriers to addressing SDOH in the clinical environment, and recommendations for how to consider patients’ social needs without contributing to physician burnout. The paper discusses findings from a national survey of 621 physicians and found that while the majority of physicians believe SDOH matter for their patients’ health, most physicians do not believe it is their responsibility address these SDOH. You can view the white paper here.

Value-based care’s success hinges on attention to social determinants

NASDOH co-conveners, Governor Mike Leavitt and Karen DeSalvo, discuss the importance of addressing the social determinants of health to effectively transform and improve health care and health outcomes in a Modern Healthcare opinion piece. The article highlights the need for a unifying force that includes public, private, technology, and business sectors to successfully address social determinants of health.