Quantifying the Social Safety Net and its Impact on Health Outcomes using a Social Service Utilization Support Model
Using a team of community health workers, researchers catalogued available social services across 48 states and captured this data within a centralized database. This database is then used by peer-support specialists to refer individuals to the social services and create a corresponding social service electronic health record. Researchers compared the available network with county-level health data and referral data.
Through the social service utilization support model, community health workers identified and catalogued more than 60,000 social service organizations representing more than 1.3 million programs and services. In addition, peer support specialists connected more than 5,000 individuals to more than 11,000 social programs and services. Finally, peer support specialists and field-based community health workers identified more than 775 Social Safety Net gaps in needed services and filled them using traditional community mobilizing efforts.
The model and outcomes described above sets the stage for additional impact analysis including a longitudinal study on the individuals with confirmed social service utilization to determine impact on related healthcare access and use.
Learning Areas:Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Define the term social safety net Quantify the breadth and scope of the social safety net Illustrate early indicators of the impact of social service utilization on health outcomes
Keyword(s): Community Health Planning, Health Care Access
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: With more than 15 years of experience, I am knowledgeable and and experienced in the connection between public health and managed care for government programs. Additionally, I am the architect of the HealthConnections Model.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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