Health Equity Strategies from the Accountable Health Communities Model

Health Equity Strategies from the Accountable Health Communities Model

Published: Jun 21, 2022
Publisher: HealthBegins and Mathematica
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Accountable Health Communities: Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Time frame: 2017–2022

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Authors

Rishi Manchanda

Sadena Thevarajah

Sara Bader

Alexis Taylor

Roza Do

Mario Gruszczynski

Risa Nakajima

Through CMS’ Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model, 28 organizations screened Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for health-related social needs, including food insecurity, lack of transportation, safety needs, utility needs, and housing instability. By embedding health equity in health-related social needs interventions, organizations can improve the health outcomes of underserved communities through enhanced access to community resources. In this tip sheet, Health Equity Strategies from the Accountable Health Communities Model, Mathematica partnered with HealthBegins to highlight the importance of advancing health equity. The resource includes a framework for addressing health equity at the individual, community, and societal levels and features promising strategies for addressing inequities from participating organizations.

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