Case Studies of the Health System’s Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
This report focuses on four case study sites including Burlington, VT; Muskegon, MI; Cincinnati, OH; and Greenville, SC. Each case study includes a detailed description of the intervention, outlines enabling factors, and provides considerations for the future.
As part of AcademyHealth's efforts to identify the opportunities and challenges associated with linking payment reform to population health, AcademyHealth requested development of four case studies of sites where health systems were actively involved in addressing social determinants of health including housing, employment, education, food security, transportation, healthy behaviors, and neighborhood and built environment. With these criteria, the case study sites were selected in Burlington, VT; Muskegon, MI; Cincinnati, OH; and Greenville, SC having respectively developed interventions focused on medically complex homeless individuals, people with chronic diseases, pregnant women and their newborns, and uninsured individuals with multiple chronic conditions.
For each case study, the report includes the following sections:
- history of factors leading to innovation
- overview of the local and state health care environment
- other enabling factors of innovation, and
- considerations for the future.
To read a summary report outlining key themes found across all sites, click here.