Health Policy News

Our weekly enewsletter brings members the most current developments in health policy in the state and nation.

  • Health Policy News - November 5, 2018


    Social Determinants of Health
    A new tool produced by the U.S. Census Bureau confirms what people have long suspected: that where you grow up makes a difference in your ability to climb the economic ladder

  • Health Policy News - October 2, 2018


    Nearly 90 percent of U.S. physicians say at least some of their patients have a social condition that poses a serious impediment to their health, whether it be unemployment, lack of education or drug addiction, a new nationwide survey of doctors shows. 

  • Health Policy News - September 10, 2018


    The movement to better address the social and environmental factors that affect health has insurance companies and other payers looking beyond the hospital or clinic and stepping into the community to give patients help where it's needed.

  • Health Policy News - July 9, 2018


    Organizations that account for the social determinants of health and connect patients to services that meet their social needs could reduce spending by approximately 11 percent within a year, according to a recent study.

  • Health Policy News - June 5, 2018


    Health systems and community stakeholders around the country are choosing to form new collaborations to address the social factors that have created great health disparities between low-income and more-affluent neighborhoods.

  • Health Policy News - May 8, 2018


    Researchers from Wake Forest published a study in The Foundation Review last month on how health conversion foundations can better address the social determinants of health. Interact for Health, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the Saint Luke’s Foundation were interviewed for the study, titled “Becoming Strategic: Finding Leverage Over the Social and Economic Determinants of Health.”

  • Health Policy News - April 2, 2018


    A study published last month found that lead exposure may be responsible for up to 10 times more deaths in the U.S. than previously thought. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Public Health, concluded about 400,000 deaths per year can be attributed to lead, a much higher number than previously reported.

  • Health News Update - March 6, 2018


    Ohio once again ranks near the bottom in the national Well-Being Index, which ranks states based on factors such as whether its residents like what they do every day; have supportive relationships, financial security and a positive community environment; and report having good health.

  • Health News Update - February 5, 2018


    Social determinants of health (SDOH), such as food insecurity and housing instability, can determine health outcomes, but the healthcare industry isn't effectively collecting SDOH data or addressing social needs that can affect a person’s health, according to a new report by the National Quality Forum.