Policy Briefs, released quarterly, support Humana’s Social Determinants of Health initiatives throughout the enterprise and further the strategy to influence population health focused policy change.
The intent of this brief is to increase knowledge and inform our stakeholders of opportunities to address social determinants of health, a core function of Humana’s Bold Goal, Population Health Strategy. Our Bold Goal is dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve 20% by 2020 and beyond by addressing the health of the whole person.
The intent of this issue brief is to inform and update stakeholders on health equity, including current research and public policy. It’s meant to spark conversations over opportunities to affect change.
Humana believes actionable SDOH data will help us improve the health of our members. We are working with our partners and other stakeholders to address these gaps. This brief examines the types of SDOH data, considerations for healthcare use, current efforts to operationalize this data, and business impacts.
Food insecurity having is limited or uncertain access to enough food to live a healthy, active life. While food insecurity is closely tied to economic stability, the factors leading to food insecurity are much more complex, ranging from income, employment and disability to race, ethnicity and neighborhood characteristics. Read this brief to learn more about how Humana is working to address food insecurity.
Loneliness and social isolation are two social determinants of health that can have negative impcts on people of all ages. Read our most recent brief on loneliness and social isolation.
Humana is committed to helping clinicians identify and address loneliness and social isolation because of the negative impact these determinants have on Healthy Days of the Medicare Advantage (MA) population. Loneliness refers to the quality of relationships within a person’s network and their sense of belonging and social support, while social isolation refers to the quantity and structure of a person’s social network, contacts and participation in social activities.
According to the American Hospital Association, as of 2017, medical transportation was the leading cause of patient no-shows, and missed appointments are associated with increased medical care costs for the patient, disruption of patient care and provider-patient relationships, delayed care and increased emergency room visits. Access to transportation is also a barrier to social determinants and health related social needs,such as accessing healthy foods and employment.
The following brief provides an update on industry-wide efforts to address health through housing, with particular focus on housing stability and quality issues. It also highlights research on interventions and health impact, and includes considerations for areas of exploration.