Phoenix-based Equality Health gathers social determinant data at primary care practices to connect patients with social services.
Equality Health has included addressing social determinants of health in the health system’s care delivery system, with primary care practices playing a leading role.
Social determinants of health (SDOH) such as housing, food security, and transportation can have a pivotal impact on the physical and mental health of patients. By making direct investments in initiatives designed to address social determinants and working with community partners, healthcare organizations can help their patients in profound ways beyond the traditional provision of medical services.
“The model for our delivery of healthcare incorporates social determinants and a cultural approach to care. For us, social determinants are not a standalone project. That is a key element of the success that we have seen so far. It is not a bolt-on program. We are not doing it to be