By Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Despite the strong evidence to support addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) through integration of medical and nonmedical services, many health care organizations and community-based providers have struggled to build sustainable partnerships. The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has worked with partners across the United States, from health plans to providers to community-based organizations, to address this challenge, seeing firsthand the barriers, both perceived and real, that exist. GHHI truly believes that these barriers are surmountable and the benefits to overcoming them are immense.
Our goal in this Overcoming Barriers to Health Care Investment in Social Determinants of Health brief is to provide an overview of the perceived and real barriers to sustainable health care investment in the SDOH, with evidence to combat the former and solutions to overcome the latter. Though much of the information provided can be applied to improve health care outcomes across populations enrolled in commercial insurance or Medicare, the brief will focus on the Medicaid population, which stands to benefit the most from SDOH interventions.