The difference of overall health is striking when you compare people and communities more significantly affected by the social determinants of health. People and communities with inconsistent housing, unsafe neighborhoods and sub-par education live with social, economic and environmental factors that lead to health inequities. The current health pandemic and social crisis have highlighted the longstanding and systemic racial and income inequities in our country that impact health. The future of health depends on how leaders navigate through this tumultuous time, when it is important to be responsive and resilient.
In the wake of the pandemic, these factors have only worsened as social isolation, limited access to healthcare and virtual platforms, and economic distress threaten communities. Now more than ever, healthcare leaders are eager to understand how they can improve outcomes, enable healthy behaviors and eliminate racial inequalities. Leaders are increasingly using innovative technology to reach underserved populations and tapping into data to ensure they are providing equal access to care for all.
In a discussion with Modern Healthcare Custom Media on this critical topic, Centene’s industry expert offered insight into how their organization is finding innovative ways to address social determinants of health and discussed how they are responding to heightened need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Monson is the senior VP of Medicaid and Complex Care at Centene. He is also responsible for Centene’s overall strategy regarding SDOH, Social Health Bridge Trust™ and the Centene Center for Health Transformation™.