Standalone Workshop: Reducing Health Care Spending Through Interventions that Address Non-Medical Health-Related Social Needs

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Public Health, Environmental Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

On April 26, 2019, the National Academies held a one-day public workshop that explored the potential impact of addressing non-medical, health-related social needs on improving population health and reducing health care spending in a value-driven health care delivery system. The workshop featured invited presentations and discussion that explored the following questions:

  • What are effective practices to address non-medical health-related social needs?
  • What is the evidence base to support the use of these practices?
  • What next steps or actions should be considered to further the dissemination and uptake of best practices?
  • Are there methodologies for assessing the Return of Investment (ROI) for these practices?
  • What are the gaps in the evidence base and related research?

The planning committee organized the workshop, selected and invited speakers and discussants, and moderated discussions. A proceedings of the presentations and discussion at the workshop was prepared by a rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines and released on August 19, 2019. 

For more information on the April 2019 workshop, please visit the event page.

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