Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Policy and Partnerships
Improving the health of at-risk populations and reducing health disparities
In many medical settings, patients’ health-related social and contextual needs – transportation, housing stability, food security, literacy – can be better identified and then responded to. Cornell’s Master of Public Health Program, Cayuga Health Partners (CHP) and the Cayuga Primary Care Internal Medicine have partnered to mentor CCHEq Undergraduate Student Chapter members and Master of Public Health students as they develop, pilot and evaluate a Social Determinants screening and referral tool.
Under the guidance of this project’s community and academic partners, the students have developed six different posters to raise awareness of the social determinants of health, a brochure for patients with relevant community resources, and a screening tool. In 2021, the screening tool, referral system, and communication materials will be pilot tested, monitored and evaluated. Cayuga Health Partners will also work with the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County to integrate 2-1-1’s community services database into CHP’s data warehouse to power a patient-centered online resource directory for self-referrals. CHP also aims to onboard a small group of community-based organizations onto their new patient referral platform.
Topics: Access, Equity and Justice; Health,Nutrition and Medicine; Law,Government and Policy
Lara Parilla, Master of Public Health Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
Jamila Michener, Department of Government
College of Arts and Sciences
- Community partner: Cayuga Health Partners
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