The Role of Hospitals in Improving Non-Medical Determinants of Community Population Health

Publication date: 
April, 2016
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NYS Health Foundation

The Role of Hospitals in Improving Non-Medical Determinants of Community Population Health

This NYSHealth-funded report, prepared by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, examines hospitals’ involvement in community-based population health programs to address non-medical health determinants.

Strong evidence shows that community-level social and environmental factors can affect health significantly.

As hospitals assume greater risk for their patients (for example, through Accountable Care Organization participation), some argue that they should focus not only on the medical care of their attributed patients but also on improving non-medical health determinants—such as access to healthy foods and parks, housing, and employment—in their communities at large...

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