Posts for Social Determinants of Health

New Data: Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage is Wise Investment for Economic Recovery, Health

New data shows that extending comprehensive oral health coverage to all adults enrolled in Medicaid could save at least $273 million in overall health care spending.

Tax Credits: Important Pieces of the Recovery Puzzle

The Child Tax Credit, alongside enhanced Advance Premium Tax Credits, is a critical piece in the puzzle of affordable childcare and healthcare for all Americans.

Doggett Kicks off Legislative Efforts to Close the Medicaid Gap

We commend Rep. Doggett for his commitment to closing the Medicaid coverage gap, but we believe that this proposal could present challenges to the implementation of Medicaid expansion and leave consumers confused about who is covered.

Hospital Billing and Financial Practices: “First Do No Harm”

Hospitals Should Make Certain Their Policies Do Not Burden Community Residents or Employees   The doctrine, First Do No Harm, is a fundamental health care principle. It guides providers as they consider the possible harm that might result from their actions or interventions. At this time when...

Study after Study with the Same Results: Medicaid Expansion Is Good for States

Each week it seems like there is a new study that shows the benefits of expanding Medicaid – for both health and state budgets.

Possibilities On the Horizon: State Pathways to Health Care for Undocumented Communities

As we continue to wait and see what may happen on the federal level with legislative proposals such as the HEAL Act, states have stepped in to provide immigrant residents access to care.

The People Closest to a Problem are the Closest to the Solution

This guest blog was co-authored by three staff members at JONAH – Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope – a Wisconsin-based partner in the Center’s Building Community Capacity to Shift Health Care Investment funded by the Kresge Foundation

Spotlight on Federal Funds to Boost Mental Health Services

This blog is the second in a three-part series on targeting newly approved federal funds for substance use disorders and mental illness to areas of greatest need.

Oral Health is a Right, Not a Luxury

A system that affords dental care as a luxury to the few while denying access to even the most basic care to the many will never lead to oral health equity.

2021 Black Maternal Health Week: New Opportunities to Take Action!

This week (April 11-17) marks Black Maternal Health Week, an annual event dedicated to highlighting the alarming statistics around Black maternal health and calling for policies that center birth and reproductive justice.

Top Five Things to Ensure the Success of the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act funding is an exciting opportunity to advance health equity and racial justice, specifically by investing in communities.

At Greater Risk: Food Insecurity During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We have all seen the startling images: lines stretching for miles at food banks and pantries across the nation. The pandemic has only exacerbated food insecurity, especially among several vulnerable populations:

The CARES Act is Replenished. Now Let’s Develop a Package that Fully Meets the Moment

Late Tuesday afternoon, Congress reached agreement to replenish funds in the CARES Act to the tune of a $484 billion package. The major pieces of the deal include $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that provides forgivable loans...

Billions of Opportunities: Health Plan Investment in Affordable Housing and Community Development

In a recent paper, we argue that health plans should consider investing some of their capital in affordable housing and community development.

Five Things We’re Doing in 2019 to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Community Catalyst’s work on social determinants is longstanding, and is an essential component of the framework needed to build a just health care system that works for everyone. Here are five ways we’re going deeper in 2019.

Eldercare Voices: Marking Older Americans Month: A Conversation With Byllye Avery on the Health Challenges Older Black Women Face

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect time to better understand some of the health-related challenges facing older Black women in the United States.

Confronting the Wounds of Racism

During our recent visit to Montgomery, Alabama, we had the opportunity to confront our nation’s history of slavery, mass incarceration and racism, while also having our faith in our democracy elevated by witnessing energetically engaged consumer advocacy.

Beyond Visibility: Building a Health System that Supports Trans Lives

On International Transgender Day of Visibility, we are celebrating the increased access to gender-affirming care for TNB people under the Affordable Care Act, but also acknowledge the latest attempts by the Trump administration to undo this progress.

Fighting for Families: Five Health Care Policies State Legislators Should Push this Session

This week state legislators across the country are engaging in an annual week of action to lift up policies that promote economic opportunity and security for all families.

Screening for Social Needs: How Medicaid Can Address Social Determinants of Health

Several states are in the beginning stages of allowing their Medicaid program to deliver care to patients in ways that address their health-related social needs.

After the Elections: What’s Next? A Look at Social and Economic Health Determinants

Here are three key ways health care advocates can help the health care system engage proactively on SDOH

Back-to-School Checklist: Pencil, Notebooks, Backpack... Health Insurance?

Some children will show up nervous, some will show up excited and others will show up disappointed that summer is over. But, to us, the most important question is, will they show up insured?

Joining Forces for Health Justice in East Nashville

Through our Partnering for Community Health project, we are collaborating to identify ways to support the health and well-being of children, families and seniors living in the James A. Cayce Homes, a low-income housing development.

Director's Corner: The Importance of Housing to Health, And What We’re Doing About It

The video features the work of Center partner the Pennsylvania Health Action Network (PHAN) in building a Housing as Health coalition in Pennsylvania along with other advocacy groups and housing organizations like Project HOME in Philadelphia.
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