Leaders across the health care industry increasingly recognize the impact of social determinants on health outcomes. A growing number of providers now screen for social needs and navigate patients to non-clinical services. While this is a positive start, current initiatives are often reactive and focus narrowly on individual patients.
Given the magnitude and complexity of addressing the social determinants of health, provider organizations are starting to set a long-term strategy centered on the structural root causes: poverty and inequity.
This field guide is designed to help you determine your organization’s role in driving community impact at scale. Read on to learn about potential ambitions for your strategy, five primary roles for becoming an effective community partner, and case profiles of best-in-class organizations working to address social determinants of health today.