September Newsletter

 

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletter on this website. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign. I plan to add new features to the website that break out resources, tools and research. I encourage all readers to send their suggestions.

This month you can read about: an older adult’s challenges and with the health system and her solutions; a foundation’s unique fellowship approach to changing community collaboration; Mathematica’s simulation model showing substantial loss of nutrition support if the House SNAP reauthorization became law; AHIP issue brief on safe and affordable housing; two studies highlighting the challenges of providers addressing living conditions and AAFP’s new tools for finding services and resources. Please share the newsletter and connect via LinkedIn or email kossoncare@starpower.net with your reactions and input.

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August Newsletter

 

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and now here on my livingconditions.health website. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: employment challenges after being in jail; LeBron James I promise school as a model for improving living conditions; The court decision to send back CMS’s approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement; Oregon’s declining health rankings due to living conditions; Community Health Workers; Inclusionary zoning and insurer’s paying for housing; an economic honest broker model for sustainable investment in community services; and two technology plays to better link health and community-based services and exchange needed data. Please share the newsletter and connect via LinkedIn or email kossoncare@starpower.net with your reactions and input.

This month’s graphic suggests ways to minimize back to school stress!

A personal story

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July Newsletter

Summer Setting

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletter in my LinkedIn articles. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: School meals; Immigrant inclusivity in Telluride CO, Healthy homes initiative in Eastern NC, The impacts of poverty, race and other social risks on Medicare Advantage quality ratings, Intermountain healthcare’s $12M investment in the Utah Health Alliance seeking to improve living conditions and health, The Dogwood Health Trust Foundation that could help western NC if the HCA and Mission Health System merger closes, and anticipated benefits and risks of using data about individuals’ social and behavioral characteristics.

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June Newsletter

RWJF Graphic on the difference between Health equality and equity

I shared this graphic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation earlier in the month it is an elegant portrayal of the fundamental difference between equality and equity. Health insurance exists because of the uncertainty of health risks. Healthcare is heavily regulated to help ensure quality and equity. These concepts often get lost in the cost driven political discussions.

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletter in my LinkedIn articles. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: A family’s escalating challenges to have a viable living environment; the benefit of community intergenerational programs; the Administrations reorganization plan that could undermine social supports in contrast to two state initiatives that seek to address the needs; the medical communities’ need for tools and resources to address living conditions; AAFP’s population health profiler and MedPac’s recommendation for a single Medicare hospital incentive program that would risk adjust for living conditions.

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May Newsletter

Kaiser Family Foundation Beyond Healthcare: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity

Introduction

If this is your first look at the monthly newsletter you can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles with some additional background materials that may be helpful and different stories and initiatives that may be of interest. Starting next month I will also have a website that will house past newsletters and other resources designed to shift the investment needle towards social services. This newsletter seeks to promote collaboration on improved living conditions that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can learn about: living conditions that create privilege; the Black Panther platform as a call for improved living conditions; the HUD legislative proposal to raise rents on subsidized housing; Medicaid resources for payment strategies for financing upstream prevention; a New York blueprint on integrating health and human services; Milken Institute’s panel The Next Urban Revolution: Reimagining Cities for Aging Populations; Kaiser’s $200M commitment to reduce homelessness; Commonwealth Fund ROI Calculator for valuing health and social services partnerships; NYU et al City Health Dash Board; and a survey about provider’s perspective on their role regarding patient’s living conditions.

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April Newsletter

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Spring is a great time to focus on Community, This is a picture of the City of Red Wing’s garden

Introduction

If this is your first look at the monthly newsletter you can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles they have some additional background materials that might be helpful along with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. I have started this monthly newsletter to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: loss and loneliness; Toms River Culture of Health; Tools and resources from New Jersey’s Mayors Wellness Campaign; Flexibility for Medicare Advantage Plans to cover aspects of living conditions; several provider and payer initiatives; and county rankings. Continue reading “April Newsletter”

March Newsletter

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Introduction

Thank you for the great response to the initial newsletter on Living Conditions & Health. I welcome the comments, followers and feedback. I want to send a special thanks to Anne Tumlinson who has been a muse for me on this new endeavor. I also want to thank the RWJF Leadership Network for picking up the newsletter and extending the reach! If you missed the first newsletter it has some additional background materials that may be helpful along with different stories and initiatives that could be of interest. The newsletter is off to a great start in helping to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign. This month’s graphic is a reminder that the US lags behind the majority of developed countries on its social spending along with having disproportionately high healthcare spending with comparably poor outcomes. Here’s the source information for this graphic if it is cut off: February 15 2017 Re-balancing medical and social spending to promote health: Increasing state flexibility to improve health through housing Schaeffer Initiative Health Policy Solutions.

This month you can read about: Missed appointments signaling living condition challenges; Highland Dwellings a community-wide effort to change poverty; background on Medicaid home and community-based services; Several new industry initiatives – Virtual Health, BlueCross BlueShield Institute; and CareMore; and, LexisNexis’ new analytic tool for risk of hospital readmissions. Continue reading “March Newsletter”

Inaugural Newsletter

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Introduction

Welcome to the first newsletter on Living Conditions and Health. Fundamental U.S. health transformation may be within our reach given the current groundswell of experimentation, research, work and press coverage focused on what really drives health outcomes and how to harness those drivers. This newsletter can provide a forum in which ground breaking activities focused on improved living conditions (aka social determinants of health) are being tracked, assessed and expanded. My ultimate goal is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

Each month I will collect and organize information about the latest trends and initiatives. There will always be a personal story from individuals or caregivers highlighting the impacts of living conditions on an individual’s and family’s health and quality of life. I will regularly feature a community program that is creating an improved community ecosystem and try to keep up with upcoming events. Each month will have top stories on: government programs and opportunities; health system and community-based services; and, research and metrics.

This month you can read about: Bridge Meadows intergenerational community for foster kids, foster parents and older adults; two federal/state programs –Accountable Health Communities and the Medicaid Work Requirement guidance; a spotlight video series on Community Health Equity; An industry survey stating 80% of programs report social determinants of health is already part of value-based care; Commonwealth foundation and National Quality Forum recent reports and recommendations. Continue reading “Inaugural Newsletter”