Health Assets/Social Factors

26 02, 2017

Health Care and Healthy Food

2017-03-20T15:05:04+00:00February 26th, 2017|

Food bank 2Good nutrition is essential for overall health and for management of many health conditions.  Access to health food can also be a challenge for many individuals with low income or lack of mobility.  The following resources describe how hospitals, health systems, and other health care providers are partnering with food banks to help people obtain healthy food.  The list is not exhaustive, and we don’t endorse any particular approach.  Our suggested approach is to scan the resources for ideas that might work in your particular setting.

Strategy Guides

  1. Making Food […]
26 01, 2017

A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health

2017-03-20T16:15:29+00:00January 26th, 2017|

The term “social determinants of health” is academic in nature, but the concept is deeply rooted in community and population health. Recognizing this disconnect between terminology and practice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed a white paper – A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health. Not only is the idea of messaging important for clinicians and patients, but also for funders and legislators. In RWJF’s terms, “How do we find a common language that will expand Americans’ views about what it means to be healthy—to include not just where health ends but also where it starts?” […]

13 01, 2017

Dying and Living in the Neighborhood – A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise

2017-03-20T16:15:54+00:00January 13th, 2017|

Dr. Prabhjot Singh is a physician and program director at Mount Sinai Health System.  In this groundbreaking book from Johns Hopkins University Press (2016), Dr. Singh defines how place matters for health in a unique and compelling way.  In summary, Dr. Singh:

  1. Clearly describes the neighborhood dynamics that can shape an individual’s ability to ‘assemble’ health;
  2. Profiles innovative people and programs working to change health at the neighborhood level;
  3. Looks across sectors to identify policy obstacles and other systemic barriers to health promotion; and
  4. Presents creative ideas for collaboration across healthcare, public health, and community development.

We found this […]

27 12, 2016

A Positive Step toward Recognizing Social Risk Factors in Provider Payment Models

2017-03-20T16:20:27+00:00December 27th, 2016|

Decades of research and experience show that patients with social risk factors such as low income or low education are at greater risk for adverse health outcomes.  One concern about value-based payment models is that providers who serve folks with social risk factors will be penalized if their patients require more resources or do not reach quality goals.  A positive step toward solving this challenge can be found in a recent report to Congress from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  This report presents a high-level framework for incorporating social risk factors into Medicare payment models. […]

28 11, 2016

How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of its Prescription

2017-03-20T16:22:24+00:00November 28th, 2016|

Sue Joss and Jason Barbosa might seem to be unlikely economic development partners. She is the veteran CEO of a major nonprofit health care provider in Brockton, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. He is the operations manager of a family-run grocery company launched by his immigrant father in the same working class city.

Was there a way they could create jobs, grow their local economy, and reduce blight?

Read their story at Yes! Magazine…

Learn about the innovative funding model (the Healthy Futures Fund) through this video profile produced by the Kresge Foundation…


14 11, 2016

Study Indicates Earned Income Tax Credit Can Support Health

2017-03-20T16:23:40+00:00November 14th, 2016|

A new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health reports that the Earned Income Tax Credit program is not only good for people’s pocketbooks, but also for their health. Findings showed that the program is much more cost-effective than many health interventions and has the added benefit of reversing mortality trends among low-income Americans in some states that have been experiencing increases in mortality in recent years.

Learn more about the study and its implications for health…

13 11, 2016

Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform

2017-03-20T16:24:02+00:00November 13th, 2016|

From The Physicians Foundation:

Physicians Foundation commissioned the release of “Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform,” a thought-provoking and data-rich book documenting the impact of social determinants on healthcare costs. Authored by the late Richard (Buz) Cooper, MD, the book draws on decades of health research and economic data to demonstrate the pervasive, debilitating effects of poverty on healthcare costs, resource utilization and overall patient outcomes. The book is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Click here to read an excerpt and review the table of contents.

Learn more […]

11 11, 2016

Health Affairs Issue Brings Culture of Health into Focus

2017-03-20T16:24:24+00:00November 11th, 2016|

The November issue of Health Affairs explores where action is most needed to successfully build a Culture of Health and identifies how we might start.

This month’s Health Affairs DataGraphic provides a pictorial view of key facts about how population well-being affects life expectancy.

Click here to view the table of contents and links to abstracts for the full November issue.



9 11, 2016

Poverty and Brain Development

2017-03-20T16:30:13+00:00November 9th, 2016|

From Youtube:

Chaya Kulkarni, Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion, Hospital for Sick Children explains how poverty affects a child’s brain development and what parents can do to mitigate.

8 11, 2016

Building Healthy and Inclusive Communities for People with Disability

2017-03-20T16:30:42+00:00November 8th, 2016|

Founded in 1999, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability.  Here you can find resources for public health professionals, health care providers, educators, fitness professionals, and individuals and caregivers. You can also find ichip:

To help address the inequities faced by people with disability, NCHPAD has created the Inclusive Community Health Implementation Package (iCHIP). The iCHIP features interactive tools to help community health practitioners, organizations, and coalitions incorporate, enhance, and promote inclusion across all aspects of community health efforts.