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Role of hospitals in addressing social determinants of health: A groundwater approach

Apr 7, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, health disparities

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team supports social, physical, and economic environments which promote attaining the full potential of health and well-being for all. This blog segment highlights impactful publications which promote improved health outcomes through Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) each month.

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Using Z-codes to Document Social Determinants of Health

Jan 4, 2022 2:30:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, Primary Care

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The Z-codes Z-55-Z-65 are used to document data related to issues a person faces related to where they are born, live, learn, work, play, and age. One's physical environment, and social, and economic factors significantly affect how long and well we live---much more than clinically provided health care.  As you begin to screen your patients and uncover these factors, it is vital to codify what you have learned through the use of these z-codes.

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Social Determinants of Health - More Money Is Being Spent On Patients' Social Needs. Is It Working?

Dec 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team supports social, physical, and economic environments which promote attaining the full potential of health and well-being for all. This blog segment will highlight impactful publications which promote improved health outcomes through Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) each month.

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Social Determinants of Health - Innovations in Care Delivery Article (NEJM Catalyst)

Nov 10, 2021 1:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team supports social, physical, and economic environments which promote attaining the full potential of health and well-being for all. This blog segment will highlight impactful publications which promote improved health outcomes through Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) each month.

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NCCARE360: Are You Connected?

Oct 13, 2021 11:55:53 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, Promoting Interoperability, Primary Care, advanced medical home, population health

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NCCARE360 helps providers electronically connect those with identified needs to community resources and allow for feedback and follow up. This solution ensures accountability for services delivered, provides a “no wrong door” approach, closes the loop on every referral made, and reports outcomes of that connection. NCCARE360 is available in all 100 counties across North Carolina.

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Addressing the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ensuring Equity, Quality, and Sustainability

Sep 1, 2021 8:16:18 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, COVID-19, health equity, equity

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team is committed to promote understanding and improve the orientation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for North Carolinians. In order to support these goals, we will share a publication on SDOH each month on our Practice Support Blog. 

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Is it time to retire the term “Social Determinants of Health?”

Jun 17, 2021 7:30:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health

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In 2019, The Northwest AHEC re-prioritized our health education objectives to include non-medical drivers of health. These non-medical key drivers of an individual’s health (e.g. employment status, where we live, the air we breathe, our access to food and safe places nearby to exercise) have gained an elevated status in improving public health. This is noted in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s seminal work on preventing premature injury, the Healthy People 2030 Framework. Healthy People 2030 in its foundational principles includes: healthy physical, social, and economic environments to strengthen the potential to achieve health and well-being.

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Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Free and Charitable Clinics in North Carolina

May 5, 2021 4:00:00 PM / by Janice Moore, MLS posted in Social Determinants of Health, research

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team is committed to promote understanding and improve the orientation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for North Carolinians. In order to support these goals, we will share a publication on SDOH each month on our Practice Support Blog. 

SDOH (1)The social determinants of health, or the areas in which people are born, grow, work, and age, have a profound impact on health. This month we are highlighting the article Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Free and Charitable Clinics in North Carolina.

This publication summarizes findings by Wake Forest Baptist Health researchers Deepak Palakshappa, MD MSHP, Mark Scheerer, Charles Thomas Alexander Semelka, MD, and Kristie L. Foley, PhD. Utilizing a web-based survey, this research team examined free and charitable clinics level of participation in screening for Social Determinants of Health among their 80,000 uninsured and underinsured patient population. The article examines how they can address the needs of patients even more effectively.

The article describes in detail the survey used to collect the data, how the responses were obtained and the final analysis of the data that was received. In addition to the methods of the study, the article details what the authors and researchers learned from the results. Although the results represent findings from a small sample of North Carolina free and charitable clinics, it’s findings reveal a microcosm of the barriers facing the healthcare system and how it can slowly but surely address the needs of all people.


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Palakshappa D, Scheerer M, Semelka CT, Foley KL. Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Free and Charitable Clinics in North Carolina. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020;31(1):382-397. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2020.0029. PMID: 32037338. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32037338/


Full text article - https://muse.jhu.edu/article/747795

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Exciting Collaborative Learning Opportunity for State Designated Rural Health Centers

Apr 12, 2021 9:57:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, NCAHEC, nccare360, rural health centers, Office of Rural Health, rural health

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The Office of Rural Health (ORH) and North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) invite you to participate in no-charge educational offerings to learn more about screening for unmet social needs, NCCARE360, and human service organizations in the region.

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Medical-Legal Partnership: Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Team-Based Care

Apr 6, 2021 7:00:00 AM / by NW AHEC posted in Social Determinants of Health

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team is committed to promote understanding and improve the orientation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for North Carolinians. In order to support these goals, we will share a publication on SDOH each month on our Practice Support Blog. 

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