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Finding Effective Ways To Address Social Determinants Of Health
Social Determinants of Health

Finding Effective Ways To Address Social Determinants Of Health

There are a number of good platforms available that enable health care organizations to systematically screen their patients for social needs and identify potential resources for them in their community. These are a good start, but the goal should be to integrate such software both with internal electronic health records and with databases and systems on the social-sector side of things. This will enable more effective hand-offs between the sectors, better tracking of outcomes, and more coordination between health care and social services organizations.

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Implications of COVID-19 for Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health

Implications of COVID-19 for Social Determinants of Health

The American Rescue Plan provides $1.9 trillion in funding to address the ongoing health and economic effects of the pandemic. This includes provisions to make health insurance more affordable by temporarily expanding and increasing Marketplace subsidies and fiscal incentives to encourage states that have not adopted the Medicaid expansion to do so.

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Science Plays the Long Game. But People Have Mental Health Issues Now
Mental Health

Science Plays the Long Game. But People Have Mental Health Issues Now

Government agencies, like the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health, continue to double down, sinking enormous sums of taxpayer money into biological research aimed at someday finding a neural signature or “blood test” for psychiatric diagnoses that could be, maybe, one day in the future, useful — all while people are in crisis now.

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How the LINC to Address Social Needs Act can improve coordination of health care and social services
Systems of Care

How the LINC to Address Social Needs Act can improve coordination of health care and social services

Improving the coordination of health care and other services is essential to good health and the economic mobility for individuals and communities. Many strategies are needed to address poor coordination and collaboration. Solving at least part of the wrong pockets problem at the local level through federal financing assistance for integrated data system.

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