A Roadmap for Addressing Social Determinants of Health


A growing body of research shows that integrating social services into health care delivery can improve health and reduce spending. In a new To the Point post, Damon Francis, M.D., chief clinical officer of Health Leads, points out, however, that many questions remain. How do providers determine which social services patients might need? What are the best ways to leverage care teams to improve patients’ social circumstances?

To guide the health care community toward answers, a group of health system leaders has developed a framework for establishing or expanding effective initiatives in this space, Francis says. That framework — the Essential Needs Roadmap — serves as a gateway to a curated library of tools, best practices, implementation guidance, and other dynamic content.

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