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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|

Social Determinants Updates July 10 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.

2020-07-13T17:14:56+00:00July 13th, 2020|SDoH Updates|

Social Determinants Updates June 26 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.

2020-07-13T17:14:08+00:00June 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

CALL TO ACTION: Push for Cosponsors for the Social Determinants Accelerator Act

With increased Congressional focus on health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to pass legislation that would address the social determinants of health, which are often closely tied to health disparities. Recently, Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL), lead sponsor of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004), sent out a Dear Colleague letter to co-sign the bill, which is featured below.

Please flag the Social Determinants Accelerator Act and this cosponsorship opportunity for Members of Congress or their staff that you speak with. If useful, here is a short letter template.

2020-06-17T17:31:35+00:00June 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|
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