In Ohio, fewer low-income seniors are readmitted to the hospital because social-services staffers are helping them develop plans for their post-hospital care. In California, a hospital, a health clinic, an independent living center, and a local nonprofit coordinate services for people with substance use disorders. In Michigan, a health system works with a social services agency to support at-risk LGBTQ youth.
These stories point to a new landscape evolving at the intersection of health and human services, with immense potential both to improve the health of people living in marginalized communities and to stabilize our overall healthcare system.
While headlines focus on the latest politics and policies of healthcare reform, the reality that community well-being depends on social determinants not just clinical care is driving coordination on many levels. Healthcare organizations, human-services providers, government agencies, private insurers, foundations, dental clinics, food banks, supermarkets, and others are partnering to reduce hospital readmissions, emergency room usage and costs, and to achieve better health long-term.
NFF is proud to work on several fronts of this landscape, catalyzing these partnerships, and creating and sharing knowledge that helps service-providers and funders maximize community health outcomes.
- Click here to read the just-published landscape analysis we conducted with Center for Health Care Strategies and Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And click here to read RWJF’s post on the Health Affairs GrantWatch blog.
- If you’d like to learn more about this report and about partnering for better health outcomes, register here for a July 11 webinar by the Healthy Outcomes Initiative, an NFF partnership with The Kresge Foundation. The webinar also features a conversation with Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles about its health partnerships.
- And learn more about the broader social-sector shift toward outcomes with Invest in Results, a national dialogue we are driving in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.