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New studies address health disparities and severity of COVID. Several major studies continue to advance the impact of health disparities and challenge the industry in how best to mitigate the ever-growing chasm. Research from Epic Health Research Network and the Kaiser Family Foundation validate that patients of color experience COVID-19 at concerningly…
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Food insecurity is on the rise. Amid the perils of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic are now growing concerns about food shortages around the country. Since COVID began, the U.S. Census has been tracking the impact of the associated economic crisis on the public. The numbers are important for healthcare organizations…
September 17, 2020

COVID and the SDoH

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New study reinforces SDoH impact Focus on the social determinants of health (SDoH) continues to intensify nationwide, and that means potentially higher costs of care for healthcare organizations. The recent study by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health has the…
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The Social Dilemma of Health (SDoH). In March 2018, the world was shocked when it became public knowledge that Cambridge Analytica, a company based in the United Kingdom, had used data from Facebook to impact the presidential election in the United States. It turned out that they had also provided…
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Over the course of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, one topic has mysteriously fallen under the radar. It’s something that greatly impacts health outcomes, and especially virus transmission rates. The Joint Commission identified this issue in 2008 as among the most important factors to impact population health. Any ideas? One final…
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As scary as it seems, COVID-19 continues to exacerbate the stark realities imposed by the social determinants of health (SDoH), racism, and health disparities. The story I’m reporting on this week is about as hard to fathom as the pandemic itself. Hospitals across the country are reporting that ICU beds…
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The social determinants of health (SDoH) have been a top news item for several years. Since the advent of the pandemic, however, they’ve been eclipsed by interwoven themes of access disparities, racial injustice, and massive public health gaps. The virus has torn through the world’s poorest communities, and ripped the…
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And then there were 12: Medicaid expansion, COVID-19, and the SDoH Elections in Missouri last week moved that state into the expansion fold. Voters approved creating a state constitutional amendment opening Medicaid eligibility to healthy adults, as of July 2021. This win was a big one, given strong opposition from…
July 23, 2020

SDoH and COVID-19

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New report addresses unemployment and insurance challenges amid COVID-19 Unemployment is a hot topic amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially within the context of who has health insurance. A recent report by the Urban Institute and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation yielded concerning trends during what is now…
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By now the healthcare industry and every stakeholder knows that the pandemic’s impact will be felt indefinitely. However, with escalating numbers of unemployed, and uninsured, I’ve received countless emails from colleagues and our Monitor Mondays listeners asking about how the payers are stepping up? What’s the status of Medicaid expansion?…