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Addressing Social Determinants: Scaling Up Partnerships With Community-Based Organization Networks

A new Health Affairs blog post highlights the growing capacity of aging and disability community-based organizations to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). Ohio’s Area Agency on Aging network is well-positioned through Direction Home Ohio to work with health plans and health systems to leverage local and regional resources to address the social determinants…
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Area agencies on aging address elders’ health needs where they live

“There is often a disconnect between the worlds of health care and social services, with each sometimes having different goals, different terminology and different ways of being paid. But individuals and their families fare better when all of their health needs and preferences are being taken into account, and where older people overwhelmingly prefer to…
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Medicare spends more on socially isolated older adults

A study conducted by Stanford University and AARP Public Policy Institute found that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in Medicare spending annually. Social isolation is a Social Determinant of Health, and Direction Home Ohio’s network of Area Agencies on Aging have been boots on the…
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