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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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The Therapy-App Fantasy
Mental Health

The Therapy-App Fantasy

With a therapy app, more blatantly than in most health-care transactions, the patient is a customer, and the customer is always right. But this assumes patients know what they want and need and that getting it will make them feel better. These are not expectations most therapists would necessarily share — nor are they ones therapy apps are reliably prepared to fulfill.

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Preparing for the post-pandemic fallout in child welfare
Child Welfare

Microsoft : Preparing for the post-pandemic fallout in child welfare

Child welfare will be the ‘canary in the coal mine,’ as the unseen masses of vulnerable children return to the public eye. But we can get this right. What we need is empathy, a willingness to plan, sustainable political will and funding, and a responsible convergence of technology and social service practices.

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