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Aligning for Health is a membership association which, with the support of our members and Advisory Board, brings a team of federal and state experts to address the issues that challenge the common purpose of our members – the need for integrated and coordinated programs to better improve health outcomes for Americans.
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Social Determinants of Health

Many have posited that the main contributor to our relatively poor health outcomes is the fact that clinical needs account for only 10-20 percent of health but we spend 80 percent of our health care dollars on clinical interventions. The other 80-90 percent of our health status is related to genetics and so-called social determinants of health, which are health-related behaviors, and socioeconomic and environmental factors.

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Ongoing Efforts

Many in the healthcare community are starting to take notice of the importance of social determinants, and are working to better understand and address the impact of non-clinical factors on health, including through the Medicaid program.