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The Business Case for Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Karin VanZant
Vice President & Executive Director, Life Services
CareSource

In recent years, sociologists and public health researchers have learned much from studying how social determinants of health (SDOH)—education, employment, housing—affect overall health outcomes. Given the importance of SDOH, health equity, and new opportunities provided by the ACA, a range of models are emerging. Over the past 24 months, with financial support from its foundation, CareSource has piloted the Life Services model in Ohio. CareSource has identified initial findings, and synthesized obstacles and successes. The organization has also compiled information on how the findings are informing state and federal stakeholders about the importance of clearing obstacles at a policy level to allow more of this type of innovation.

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