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Understanding Social Determinants of Health

August 4 kicks off National Health Center Week 2019 #NHCW19 and the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness is celebrating our community health centers, Bassett Family Practice and Ridgeway Family Health. Throughout the week we will be sharing more on how we help to increase access to medical and healthcare related services in our community.

In today’s value-based care environment, organizations, such as ours, are accountable for improving health outcomes and lowering costs.

To achieve these goals and succeed in such an environment, we need to better understand our patients to address both their clinical and non-clinical needs and impact the root causes of health, including patients’ health behaviors, health outcomes, and health costs. The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people live, work, play and age. They can encompass socioeconomic conditions, environmental conditions, institutional power, and social networks. Understanding patients’ social determinants allows us to transform care with integrated services to meet the needs of our patients, address the social determinants of health, and demonstrate the value we bring to patients, our communities and our payers.

For more information on National Health Center Week, click here.

 

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