Aligning for Health is thrilled that the CDC has made its selections for the recipients of the Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans planning grants. CDC selected 20 recipients across the country that will receive these awards, which will use this funding to accelerate implementation of public health strategies that are proven to improve chronic disease outcomes for individuals impacted by health disparities and inequities.
These awards will be used by recipients to organize a Leadership Team consisting of multisectoral partners to develop an implementation-ready SDOH Accelerator Plan. The purpose of these plans is to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities related to chronic disease in a tribal jurisdiction, community, or catchment area.
We look forward to seeing how these planning grants will set the foundation for accelerating cross-sector, evidence-based social determinants activities across the country. To view the recipients of these awards, click here.
Aligning for Health submitted a letter of support to Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and John Joyce (R-OH) for their bipartisan bill, the Care That’s Fair Act of 2021 (H.R. 4554). This bill seeks to empower states to utilize medical claims, clinical, and social data to address racial disparities, social determinants of health, and maternal and infant mortality.
The Care That’s Fair Act will provide states with the necessary resources to effectively measure Medicaid health care outcomes to better address critical health care needs for beneficiaries. As maternal mortality rates rise higher than most developed countries and disproportionately impact minority populations, our obesity rates continue to grow, and the proportion of Americans reporting fair or poor health continues to expand, this legislation comes at an important time. Aligning for Health agrees that empowering states to harness essential Medicaid claims and clinical data will help identify where social determinants and health disparities exist, which can then be leveraged into action to address these disparities at their root cause.
To read the full letter, click here.