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AFH Resources on COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations

The current COVID-19 public health crisis has affected every community, but has a significant impact on vulnerable populations. It has affected our health and mental health, and has hindered access to necessary supports and resources.

Aligning for Health has put together a set of resource documents that include links to COVID-19 data and GIS tools, resource directories, and guidance from the federal and state governments. We will continue to update these resources and hope they will be helpful.

COVID-19 Social Needs Resources

COVID-19 Medicaid Flexibilities


2020-04-17T17:31:56+00:00April 17th, 2020|Press Release, SDoH Updates|

Western Governors’ Association Endorses Social Determinants Accelerator Act

Aligning for Health is excited to announce that the Western Governors’ Association, an independent organization representing the Governors of the 22 westernmost states and territories, has endorsed the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004) and sent a letter in support of the Social Determinants Accellerator Act to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Walden (R-OR).

The Western Governors’ Association joins several other state and local government organizations in supporting the Social Determinants Accelerator Act – legislation that would empower states, localities, and tribal organizations to design right-sized interventions to meet their unique community needs.

For a full list of SDAA supporters, click here.

2020-03-09T13:30:12+00:00March 9th, 2020|Press, Press Release|

Social Determinants Updates January 10th Edition

2020-01-10T17:40:10+00:00January 10th, 2020|Press Release, SDoH Updates|

Senate Introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act

Aligning for Health applauds the Senate introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation introduced by Senators Young (R-IN) and Stabenow (D-MI).

The Social Determinants Accelerator Act will help states and communities devise strategies to leverage existing programs and authorities to address all aspects of health, including food, housing, transportation and workforce.

This bill was previously introduced in the House (H.R. 4004) by Representatives Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA), and McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA).

2019-12-05T21:14:30+00:00December 5th, 2019|Press Release|

HCSC Joins as New Member, NACo Joins Advisory Board for Aligning for Health

Aligning for Health is excited to announce the newest member of the coalition, Health Care Service Corporation. HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and fourth largest overall, serving more than 16 million members across 5 states.

We are also delighted to welcome the National Association of Counties to our advisory board. NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.

We look forward to working with both organizations as we continue to advance policy proposals that test the idea that the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations can be improved by better aligning programs and services addressing the social determinants of health.

2019-09-20T17:39:09+00:00September 20th, 2019|Press, Press Release|

H.R. 4004 Lauded as an Important Opportunity to Advance Social Determinants Efforts by Experts at Alliance for Health Policy Event

The Social Determinants Accelerator Act (SDAA) was praised as an important opportunity to help advance state and local efforts to address social determinants during Alliance for Health Policy’s “What’s Next on Social Determinants of Health” event on the Hill last week. Karen DeSalvo, Len Nichols, Ana Novais, Samuel Ross, Kathy Stack, and William Young spoke at the event.

We applaud the speakers for sharing their leading work on the social determinants of health and the Alliance for Health Policy for helping to raise awareness about social determinants.

Full event video:

2019-09-19T21:34:15+00:00September 19th, 2019|Press, Press Release|

Social Determinants Accelerator Act Introduction

Aligning for Health is proud to support the bipartisan introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, which is sponsored by Reps. Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and eight additional cosponsors. The Social Determinants Accelerator Act will support state and local officials in developing cross-sector approaches that address the environmental and social factors contributing to health outcomes.

2019-08-28T11:40:20+00:00July 25th, 2019|Press Release|

Leading D.C.-based Advocacy Group on Social Determinants of Health Announces Establishment of Advisory Board & Addition of New Members

WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2018): Aligning for Health, an advocacy coalition focused on the social determinants of health, has established an Advisory Board of leading experts on social determinants and groups representing states and counties, consumers, and housing, nutrition, public health and mental health programs. The Advisory Board will provide advice and recommendations to Aligning for Health as it continues to advance policy proposals that test the idea that the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations can be improved by better aligning programs and services addressing the social determinants of health.

Advisory Board:

  • Nicole Barcliff, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Amy Clary, National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
  • Anne De Biasi, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)
  • Theresa Eagleson, University of Illinois and former Illinois Medicaid Director
  • Jason Gromley, The Root Cause Coalition
  • Jason Helgerson, Helgerson Solutions Group and Former New York Medicaid Director
  • Jerold Mande, Tufts University, former Senior Advisor on Food/Nutrition, USDA
  • John McCarthy, Speire Healthcare Strategies, Former Medicaid Director in Ohio and the District of Columbia
  • John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC)
  • Andrew Sperling, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Tracy Wareing Evans, American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
  • Ginger Zielinskie, Benefits Data Trust

“In order to advance the health and well-being of all people, we must work together to influence modern approaches to sound policy,” said Tracy Wareing-Evans, president and CEO of the American Public Human Services Association, “Utilizing frameworks like social determinants of health can help us move the health and human services systems upstream to focus on prevention and early interventions that enable all families to live healthy lives and thrive in their communities. I look forward to being a part of the Aligning for Health Advisory Board to help lead these efforts together.”

New Members:

Additionally, Aligning for Health is pleased to announce that the American Hospital Association, Anthem, and Amida Care have joined as members. All three organizations are dedicated to advancing policies and initiatives that help to best serve patients by addressing social determinants of health. AHA, Anthem, and Amida Care join Aligning for Health’s founding members: Alliance for Better Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, CareSource, Humana, Maxim Healthcare Services, Solera Health, UPMC Health Plan, and WellCare.

“Social factors greatly influence patients’ total health and wellbeing, encouraging hospitals and health systems to care for patients outside their four walls,” said Ashley Thompson, senior vice president for public policy at the American Hospital Association. “We are pleased to be supporting this work by joining other Aligning for Health partners in the effort to break down government silos so that federal funds can be used in innovative ways to provide comprehensive care to patients in our communities.”

Aligning for Health is made up of stakeholders who recognize that health is connected to more than just access to medical services. Studies estimate that social factors such as access to nutritious food, safe housing, and financial security account for nearly 70 percent of all health outcomes, and that addressing such social factors can have positive effects on health outcomes, healthcare costs and utilization.

Important safety-net programs meant to promote well-being are often fragmented, hindering holistic and innovative approaches to addressing consumers’ needs, and resulting in complex consumer experiences. Therefore, Aligning for Health (AFH) is seeking to improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care by developing a path forward for more effective and coordinated health and human service programs.

2019-08-28T12:15:08+00:00July 25th, 2018|Press Release|
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