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Aligning for Social and Health Needs in the Community

Aligning for Health and the American Hospital Association are pleased to host a webinar exploring how three leading health systems have worked to improve community health and to address health and social needs. In this webinar, you will learn about innovations and best practices, the impact of COVID-19, and the outlook moving forward. The slides from the webinar are posted here, and a full video of the webinar is featured below.

2020-09-25T21:28:46+00:00September 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Social Determinants Updates | September 18

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Aligning for Health Social Determinants Updates. Please click the button below to see our newsletter which contains updates on how the health care system is helping to meet health and social needs during the current public health emergency, notable links to research, data, and news related to health disparities and social determinants, and upcoming virtual events and opportunities.

2020-09-18T15:45:18+00:00September 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Social Determinants Updates | September 4

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Aligning for Health Social Determinants Updates. Please click the button below to see our newsletter which contains updates on how the health care system is helping to meet health and social needs during the current public health emergency, notable links to research, data, and news related to health disparities and social determinants, and upcoming virtual events and opportunities.

2020-09-14T12:31:54+00:00September 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Addressing Health and Social Needs through Value-Based Care Webinar

Aligning for Health is pleased to host a webinar on the intersection of health and social needs through value-based care. During this webinar, you will hear from leading health care organizations about how they are designing and leveraging value-based care arrangements to better address health and social needs among beneficiaries.

Our speakers will discuss the incentives that value-based care provides to address social needs as well as the challenges of implementing and scaling these arrangements.

Speakers:

  • Laura Sankey, Vice President, Product Strategy & Social Determinants of Health, Centene Corporation
  • Ray Prushnok, Executive Director, UPMC Center for Social Impact, Associate Vice President for Government Programs UPMC Health Plan
  • Dan Lavallee, Director, Social Impact, UPMC Health Plan
  • Jamo Rubin, Strategic Advisor, Signify Health

The slides from the webinar can be found here.

2020-09-04T02:03:17+00:00August 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Social Determinants Updates | August 21

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Aligning for Health Social Determinants Updates. Please click the button below to see our newsletter which contains updates on how the health care system is helping to meet health and social needs during the current public health emergency, notable links to research, data, and news related to health disparities and social determinants, and upcoming virtual events and opportunities.

 

2020-08-25T14:37:33+00:00August 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Social Determinants Updates | August 7

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Aligning for Health Social Determinants Updates. Please click the button below to see our newsletter which contains updates on how the health care system is helping to meet health and social needs during the current public health emergency, notable links to research, data, and news related to health disparities and social determinants, and upcoming virtual events and opportunities.

2020-08-07T19:56:50+00:00August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

House Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriation Bill Passes, Includes Part of Social Determinants Accelerator Act

Today, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 7614) as part of a package of FY2021 appropriations bills (H.R. 7617).

Aligning for Health is excited to share that the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations Report includes language incorporating the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004) (See here for more information about the bill.)

The Report would provide $10 million in funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to award grants to states to develop Social Determinants Accelerator Plans. It would also instruct the Secretary of HHS to convene a council to oversee the grants and to draft and release a report on federal cross-agency opportunities to address SDH.

We look forward to continuing to work with both the House and Senate sponsors of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act to identify additional legislative pathways to advance the bill over the coming months.

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2020-07-31T16:34:16+00:00July 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman on Health Disparities

On July 8th, Aligning for Health sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on health disparities. AFH strongly supports the Committee’s efforts to assess and discuss what actionable steps Congress can take to improve access to, and the coordination of, public health, health care, and social services both during and after the public health emergency subsides.

AFH noted that the Social Determinants Accelerator Act is a bipartisan, bicameral proposal that has already been introduced and referred for consideration by the Senate Finance Committee and if passed, would take important steps toward improving the health of families on Medicaid.

Our full letter is featured below.

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2020-07-27T21:00:47+00:00July 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Social Determinants Updates July 24 Edition

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Aligning for Health Social Determinants Updates. Please click the button below to see our newsletter which contains updates on how the health care system is helping to meet health and social needs during the current public health emergency, notable links to research, data, and news related to health disparities and social determinants, and upcoming virtual events and opportunities.

2020-07-27T20:39:42+00:00July 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Social Determinants Accelerator Act in the FY21 House Appropriations Labor-HHS Report and Bill

On Sunday July 12, the House Appropriations Committee released the report for the FY2021 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill legislation.  The report includes language incorporating parts of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (SDAA),  providing $10M to CDC to award grants to states to develop Social Determinants Accelerator Plans. It would also instruct the Secretary of HHS to convene a council to oversee the grants and to draft and release a report on federal cross-agency opportunities to address SDH.

On Monday July 13, the legislation was passed out of the Labor-HHS Appropriations Committee and now heads to the House floor for final passage.

“As COVID-19 has shown, social factors play a significant role in our health outcomes. The Social Determinants of Health Pilot Program will provide states with needed funding to develop cross-cutting approaches to address health and social needs, while driving important cross-agency coordination. We are excited to see this program advance and applaud the Committee for including this as part of the fiscal year 2021 appropriations report,” Krista Drobac, Co-Chair Aligning for Health said.

Featured below is the report language related to SDAA and social determinants and lead sponsor Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)’s remarks from the July 13th Appropriations hearing.

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2020-07-14T14:56:26+00:00July 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|
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