It has become increasingly clear that efforts to improve quality, lower costs, and enhance patient satisfaction cannot succeed without addressing socioeconomic status and nonmedical drivers of health—often called “social determinants of health”. However, the financing and oversight of holistic community initiatives is complicated, as they often involve a spectrum of municipal services, private entities, and all levels of government. This briefing explored the economic, budgetary, and infrastructure issues that arise when creating outcome-oriented investments for social determinants of health.
Karen DeSalvo, M.D.,MPH, Co-Convener, National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH); Professor of Medicine and Population Health, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Ana Novais, M.A., Deputy Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
Len Nichols, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University
Samuel Ross, M.D., Chief Community Health Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health
Kathy Stack, Chief Executive Officer, KB Stack Consulting
William York, Executive Vice President, 2-1-1 San Diego
Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)