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When Talking About Social Determinants, Precision Matters

When Talking About Social Determinants, Precision Matters | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Public health experts have aptly expressed concern about the health care industry’s characterization of interventions as addressing “the social determinants of health” and have pointed out the limitations of over-medicalizing individuals’ social needs rather than investing in upstream community interventions. Acknowledging this concern and seeking greater internal consistency, the Health Care Transformation Task Force (the Task Force)—a coalition of payers, purchasers, providers, and patients committed to embracing value-based payment models—offers a framework to describe the distinction among social determinants of health, social risk factors, and social needs in a manner that promotes more precise usage of each term by all health care stakeholders. Clear and consistent terminology is an essential first step to determining what role health care providers and payers can and should play in addressing the underlying factors that influence population health. (Others have made similar points, notably Hugh Alderwick and Laura Gottlieb in The Milbank Quarterly.)

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Back to Better Behavioral Health

Back to Better Behavioral Health | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Introduction: To best address the daunting challenges that stem from the traumas of COVID -19, racial injustice, poverty and rising overdose and suicide rates, the Biden Administration should look to new leadership at SAMHSA that is uniquely skilled to lead the way in helping our nation to heal by implementing evidence-based policies that advance the principles of recovery, resilience, peer support and trauma informed care.. For example, people with lived experience of mental illness and trauma should be placed in high leadership roles to bring back meaning and morale to an agency that evidenced “considerable turnover and declining morale’ during the Trump Administration, ranking 413 out of 415 agencies.1

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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2021 Women's History Month Resource Toolkit

2021 Women's History Month Resource Toolkit | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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