Community-based organizations (CBOs) are integral to the achievement of health equity for the advancement of health and well-being. A new integrated person and family-centered healthcare model must be scaled to include social determinants of health (SDOH), or the conditions in which people live, work, play, and worship.
To achieve meaningful transformation, CBOs should be welcomed as key partners with traditional healthcare organizations. As trusted community entities and partners, CBOs build the capacity of communities, eliminate food deserts, build affordable housing, and develop other assets. These organizations have firsthand expertise in how to work with people to improve their lives, well-being, and their communities. The Social Current network has the knowledge and experience to partner with health care leaders in the design and implementation of community interventions impacting populations with chronic conditions and strengthening the overall health and well-being of the community.
Social Current and our network already partner with health organizations in our communities to improve health outcomes for low-income communities and communities of color by removing barriers to primary care, prevention, early detection resources, as well as resources to meet SDOH. Partners include Federally Qualified Health Centers, community health centers, private health systems, managed care organizations, national health organizations, and others.
All people and communities need person-centered, equitable access to affordable, preventative, and fully integrated physical and behavioral health care. Social Current is committed to eliminating racism and advancing health equity by driving targeted early intervention and prevention programs that result in positive population health outcomes, particularly for communities of color. Alongside our network, Social Current advocates for policies that create parity between physical and behavioral health coverage and support efforts to reduce the number of uninsured individuals.
To that end, Social Current will work to:
- Require the Medicaid system to provide coverage that addresses SDOH–including food and nutrition access, stable housing, and other key social needs–and require a carve out for CBOs in the Medicaid system to pay for SDOH. (AL)
- Ensure that 1115 waivers through Medicaid include financing for in-home interventions and strongly encourage state Medicaid systems to partner with CBOs to provide needed social services. (AL)
- Develop and support a diverse workforce of community health workers by scaling up and standardizing training and credentialing, and ensuring the workforce is increasingly part of health care models and compensated fairly with family-sustaining wages and benefits. (AL)
- Create a net positive impact on populations served by Medicaid in the face of efforts to redesign Medicaid’s federal-state partnership. (AP)
- Increase funding for information technology systems and additional infrastructure improvements that help the human services sector more efficiently collect, protect, and share data across the health ecosystem. (AP)