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Social Services

The social service market is defined as supports and services related to the social determinants of health such as poverty, food insecurity, lack of education, racism, discrimination, environment, and community conditions. Addressing social determinants of health has become a common strategic conversation in a market focused on whole person care and the value equation. Payers and health plans are taking a more structured approach to addressing social support needs and this opens new possibilities for managers of organizations that provide social support programs that have typically been excluded from health care financing arrangements.

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Social Determinants—The Next Frontier

Social determinants of health (SDH) is a topic where there is plenty of data about the problem—and much work to do in terms of scalable solutions that are integrated with our "whole person health" approaches. Over the past few years, many of my discussions about how social factors affect health care costs have become more… Read

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