In this commentary, NASDOH addresses key SDOH-related issues that have been exacerbated during COVID-19, including systemic inequity that makes communities of color most vulnerable to poor health outcomes. We discuss several areas where the nation should learn from our COVID-19 experience and address the root causes of disparities in order to improve health and reduce the impact of future public health crises and other emergencies.
In the coming months, NASDOH will release a series of commentaries and issue papers addressing the key issues in more depth and, where possible, describing what we have learned.
This report provides a summary of the work of the National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH) in 2019. This past year, NASDOH continued to work towards our mission of making material improvements in the lives of individuals and communities and, through multi-sector partnerships, advancing holistic, value-based, person-centered care that successfully impacts the SDOH.
This report was made possible through the support and engagement of NASDOH members.
NASDOH has released the first in a series of issue briefs designed to address key issues and advance our national efforts to address social determinants of health. Foundational to addressing the social determinants of health is the identification of social risk through screening tools, which is the subject of this first brief.
As efforts to assess and address the SDOH increase, there is a pressing need to develop ways to measure the impact of such efforts and to hold systems accountable for progress. Prospectively aligning measures of success for SDOH interventions will enable comparisons across demonstrations or programs, reduce the burden of data collection, and provide useful evidence to support a sustainable business model for addressing the SDOH. NASDOH’s newly released white paper outlines framing principles to guide social determinants of health (SDOH) measurement development that, if adopted, can help organizations and sectors work collaboratively to align around a shared measurement framework.
NASDOH has developed a one-pager that highlights the importance, as well as the opportunities, of supporting state innovation and policies that address social determinants of health in the Medicaid environment.
NASDOH supports the Healthy People 2020 definition of the social determinants of health as the “conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.” See our one pager for more information on how health outcomes strongly relate to these upstream social determinants of health, and to economic vitality and business competitiveness, personal achievement, and prosperity.
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.
NASDOH co-conveners, Governor Mike Leavitt and Karen DeSalvo, discuss the importance of a common measurement approach to understand the most effective interventions and establish best practices for addressing SDOH. In this opinion piece, they argue that prospectively aligning the national approach to measuring interventions now will accelerate our understanding of opportunities to improve the health and well-being of people and communities.
NASDOH co-conveners, Governor Mike Leavitt and Karen DeSalvo, highlight where and how Medicaid programs provide key opportunities to address social needs , and where there are opportunities to accelerate state innovation to address SDOH in their Health Affairs blog post.
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.
We share a selection of recently published reports and articles on SDOH relevant topics.
This Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) report addresses the value proposition for governmental public health agencies and business to collaborate to advance the health of people and communities to further well-being and economic prosperity. This report addresses the challenges and opportunities for important public-health-business partnerships and the benefits each sector brings.