Better health outcomes are achieved through collaboration between health care and human services.
Health care organizations and community-based organizations that provide human services have started creative partnerships because collaboratively addressing the social determinants of health and medical care is the best way to improve the health of children, adults, and families. Together, they lower costs and improve health by addressing medical as well as social, environmental, and behavioral needs.
Much of health spending in the U.S. comes from treating a very small population. Five percent of the population accounts for 50 percent of health care spending in the U.S. Individuals in this population have complex clinical health and social needs due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work, and age.