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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and worsened underlying healthcare disparities in access, risks, and outcomes for specific population groups. These differences may also be caused by social factors such as transportation, nutrition, education, housing, and child care—called social determinants of health. Identify patient groups at risk using our extensive data and rely on our expert guidance to identify opportunities to address this societal issue. 

Natascha Dixon Edelin

Podcast: Social Determinants of Health: The Role of the Health Plan

Tune into our fourth episode in the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH). In this segment, our experts discuss what health plans should know about SDOH data, specifically, the different types of data, what to do with them, and how to use them to fairly assess the impact of social risks on health outcomes.

Christina Badaracco

Podcast: Social Determinants of Health: WIC Health Outcomes

Tune into our third episode in the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH). In this segment, our expert from Avalere’s Center for Healthcare Transformation is joined by officials from the Washington State Department of Health to discuss public health programs focused on maternal and child health, and how these programs relate to healthcare access and health outcomes.

Christina Badaracco

Declining WIC Participation May Lead to Poorer Health Outcomes

With fewer eligible Americans participating in WIC, increased risk of food insecurity and decreased access to quality healthcare may place a greater burden on our healthcare system. The COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbates the challenges of vulnerable populations in access to food resources and routine and acute care.

Dan Mendelson

Podcast: 2020 Election with Avalere: How Do We Address Healthcare Disparities?

Tune into our first episode of the Avalere Health Essential Voice: 2020 Election series. In this segment, our experts discuss the healthcare disparity issues at the forefront of the 2020 election and which healthcare topics to watch for at the Democratic National Convention.

Podcast: Social Determinants of Health: The Role of the Manufacturer

Tune into our second episode in the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH). In this segment, Avalere experts from the Center for Healthcare Transformation and Market Access practices discuss the strategies for SDOH solutions, specifically in the manufacturer space.

Natascha Dixon Edelin

Podcast: Understanding Social Determinants of Health

Tune into our first episode of the Avalere Health Essential Voice: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) series. In this segment, Avalere experts from the Center for Healthcare Transformation and the Health Plans and Providers practice set the stage for how stakeholders are defining SDOH and the impacts of SDOH on health outcomes, specifically when addressing social risks and needs.

Christina Badaracco

Partnerships Addressing Housing Insecurity: Lessons for the Future

Though Americans have been encouraged to physically distance themselves to minimize transmission of COVID-19, individuals who are homeless or living in institutional settings may not be able to adhere to these guidelines, putting them at higher risk of contracting and transmitting the virus.

COVID-19 Outbreak Exacerbates Impacts of Social Determinants of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed several weaknesses in our country’s web of safety net programs. Although the virus may not discriminate, it may exacerbate existing health inequities driven by social determinants of health (SDOH).

Kelsey Jones

Data from MQii Featured in British Medical Journal Open Quality

On March 25, the British Medical Journal Open Quality published an article, “Impact of an Interdisciplinary Malnutrition Quality Improvement Project at a Large Metropolitan Hospital,” co-authored by Kelsey Jones and Kristi Mitchell.

Christina Badaracco

Payer Issues, Part 2: Health Plans’ Interventions to Address Food Insecurity

The growing prevalence and disparities in chronic diseases necessitate that health plans address food insecurity to improve patient outcomes. The combination of increasing need for access to healthy food and changes in the health policy and insurance landscape create opportunities to address food insecurity through a variety of payers.

Identifying and Treating Malnutrition Associated with Lower Readmission Rates

Avalere Health partnered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other stakeholders for the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) designed to advance evidence-based, high-quality, and patient-driven care for hospitalized older adults who are malnourished or at risk for malnutrition.

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