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Improving Social Determinants of Health

An update from the National Council on Nonprofits:


Improving Social Determinants of Health: Recently the White House released the U.S. Playbook to Address Social Determinants of Health, a set of actions federal agencies are taking to improve health outcomes in communities.


Actions are grouped into three categories:

1) expand data gathering and sharing,

2) support flexible funding to address social needs, and

3) support backbone organizations.


The Department of Health and Human Services released a Call to Action to complement the playbook, which focuses on encouraging more partnerships across sectors. Another resource is the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Health-Related Social Needs Framework, which provides guidance to states designing programs that address challenges such as housing insecurity.




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