Social Determinants Accelerator Act Provisions Included in FY 2021 Appropriations Package

Aligning for Health is pleased to share that Congress has approved legislation that includes key provisions from the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004/S. 2986)

Yesterday, Congress approved a legislative package incorporating Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations, COVID-19 relief provisions, health care extenders, and other health care provisions. The accompanying Joint Explanatory Statement for the Departments of Labor-HHS-Education includes $3M in funding to establish a Social Determinants of Health Pilot Program to create Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans, as described in the House-passed Report Language copied below.

Social Determinants of Health Pilot Program.

  • The Committee recognizes the role of public health in working across sectors on social determinants of health. The Committee includes $3,000,000 for CDC to establish a Social Determinants of Health pilot program to award competitive grants to State, local, Territorial, or Tribal jurisdictions to support the development of Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans.
  • Such plans should include a description of the health and social outcome objectives of the Social Determinants Accelerator Plan; identify target populations that would benefit from implementation of the plan; and identify non-governmental public health organizations and community organizations that would participate in the development of the plan.
  • Grantees may use a portion of grant funding to convene government entities and stakeholders and to engage qualified research experts in developing Social Determinants Accelerator Plans. The Committee directs CDC to submit a report within 120 days of enactment of this Act on how such grants will be administered.

“We must deliver innovative solutions to overcome social factors that are harmful to our health such as food deserts, long drive times, loss of services and beyond,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The $3 million pilot program based on my Social Determinants Accelerator Act will help local governments do just that by empowering them to create plans to tackle these issues head on in our communities. The current public health crisis has only underscored the need for this critical program and I’m proud to see it pass today so we may build back stronger and healthier.”

Aligning for Health looks forward to working with the Administration in implementing the Social Determinants of Health Pilot Program and continuing to work with both the House and Senate sponsors to advance the Social Determinants Accelerator Act and support policies that address the social determinants of health in the 117th Congress.

Learn more about the Social Determinants Accelerator Act at

For more information about Aligning for Health or the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, contact

2020-12-22T20:59:21+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Press Release|

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|

AFH Letter to Senate Finance on Solutions to Improve Maternal Health

Aligning for Health sent a letter encouraging the Senate Finance Committee’s maternal health effort to consider options that address barriers impeding coordination between health and social service programs and the lack of comprehensive evidence around interventions focused on the social determinants of health.

Read the Letter to Senate Finance
2020-03-23T16:37:45+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Press Release|

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.

Press Release
WGA Letter to E & C
2020-03-09T13:30:12+00:00March 9th, 2020|Press, Press Release|

Social Determinants Updates January 10th Edition

Read Our Newsletter Here
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).

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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|
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