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Social determinants of health (SDOH) refer to a wide range of social and economic conditions that affect an individual’s health risks and outcomes. Nearly 40 percent of health outcomes are based on underlying social factors such as economic stability, employment, education, food security, housing, transportation, social support, and safety. Addressing SDOH is critical to ensuring access to high-quality care, improving outcomes, and effectively managing costs.

Opportunities for innovation we will pursue include advanced analytics to identify and predict those who may benefit from addressing social needs, design of interventions tailored to the needs and assets of individuals and communities, and development of value-based models and integrated incentives to address health more holistically.

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The role of academic-based health systems: An interview with Catherine Jacobson and Thomas Zenty

– Catherine Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health, and Thomas Zenty, CEO of University Hospitals, explain how their academic... medical centers and academic-based health systems are finding their niche in the healthcare ecosystem. As these centers develop, how do changing consumer expectations and social determinants of health change their vision for the future?

Why social determinants matter for children’s health: An interview with Michael Fisher

– The president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital explains how social determinants of health (e.g., education, housing,... social support) affect children’s health outcomes, and how organizations that invest and intervene early can generate both near- and long-term value.

Homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area: The crisis and a path forward

– Homelessness in and around the San Francisco Bay Area continues to rise. Coordinated efforts among governments, nonprofits, and... the private sector could stem the crisis and spark progress.

Addressing the social determinants of health: Capturing improved health outcomes and ROI for state Medicaid programs

– The social determinants of health (SDoH) strongly contribute to variations in health status. Addressing SDoH can help ensure access... to high-quality care, improve outcomes, and manage costs.

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