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Family dynamics can influence the health of children in profound ways. Evidence also suggests the health of multiple generations of a family can be improved through family-focused interventions, especially those that integrate services that address the social, economic, and behavioral factors that can affect health.
A United Hospital Fund report, Plan and Provider Opportunities to Move Toward Integrated Family Health Care, presents a framework for health care providers and insurers to use primary care as a launching pad to ensure that the health needs of all family members are met through integrated services. The report introduces the idea of “integrated family care” as a goal for the nation’s health care systems and payers and provides pragmatic recommendations for how health care can move toward that goal.
The “integrated family care” concept relies on a strong foundation of health insurance coverage, builds on delivery system transformation efforts toward patient and family-centered care, and leverages existing approaches like maternal depression screening during well-child visits.
The publication is supported by a Cooperative Agreement awarded to ChangeLab Solutions and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.