n4a 2017 Conference: Monday General Session - General Session: Recognizing the Importance of the Social Determinants of Health: Health Care Partnerships That Work

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Health care systems have begun to recognize the importance of social determinants of health such as food, transportation and housing to improving overall health and lowering costs. The John A. Hartford Foundation is investing in age-friendly health systems to better integrate community-based supports and services within the health system and across the continuum of care. Four out of five physicians participating in a national survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognized that patients’ social needs are as important to address as their medical conditions.

In this session, hear from The John A. Hartford Foundation about its priority areas for supporting the spread of evidence-based models that can dramatically accelerate care improvement for older adults. In addition, a panel of physicians discusses how they are working with the Aging Network to address the social determinants of health and improve older adults’ well-being.


Kyle Allen, Vice President, Clinical Integration, Medical Director, Geriatric Medicine and Lifelong Health, Riverside Health System, Newport News, VA

Malaz Boustani, Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer, Center for Brain Care Innovation, Eskanazi Health, Indianapolis, IN

Robert Schreiber, Medical Director, Healthy Living Center of Excellence, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Lawrence, MA

Charlton Wilson, Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Care Plan/Mercy Care Advantage, Phoenix, AZ

Rani Snyder, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation, New York, NY


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