As a provider-led health plan, we know that trusted providers are uniquely positioned to identify and influence social determinants of health (SDOH). We know that health and well-being needs remain when a patient leaves the clinic. We want to work with you to give your patients access to the resources they need to live their healthiest lives, including through clinical screening and intervention for SDOH.
This approach is also being adopted across Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health aims to “leverage our authority and ability to convene partners to improve Pennsylvanians’ access to affordable housing, food, and transportation. Because once we have assessed a person’s needs, we must have partners to which we can refer that person to help get those needs met.”
Our attention to person-centered care requires cross-community supports, including you. Screening for SDOH will help with identifying needs, connecting resources, and developing interventions.
To assist our providers in screening for SDOH, we’ve outlined some considerations: