Annual Report 2017: Health Care/Community Collaborations
Beyond the Clinical Setting: Building Partnerships for Health
For both individuals and speciﬁc populations, health status is in large part a function of factors outside the doctor’s oﬃce, including the “social determinants of health.” Addressing those requires new and productive relationships between the health care sector and community services.
UHF initiatives are reaching beyond the health care system to address stressors—family dysfunction, poor housing, food insecurity—and leverage community supports essential to improving both immediate and long-term health and well-being.
To give children ages 0-3 a better start at healthy childhood and adulthood, UHF partnered with New York State and leading health care and social service organizations in the “First 1000 Days on Medicaid” initiative, with an initial goal of increasing the percentage of children developmentally ready for school, through improved access to health and social services.
UHF grant making is supporting innovative efforts to identify emergency department patients at risk for future homelessness, and effective preventive interventions.
Our NORC Blueprint website and Health Indicators guides and tools—recently transferred to New York State Office of Aging ownership for even broader reach—are helping community-based agencies improve their strategic abilities to assess and meet elderly clients’ needs and work effectively with health care partners to advance healthy aging.