With the nation’s increasing focus on health care quality and cost comes an increasing recognition of the role that social determinants of health—such as housing, food security, education, employment—play in the well-being of people and communities throughout the U.S. Many community-based organizations (CBOs) and health care organizations are exploring and embarking on partnerships to achieve better health outcomes. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Partnership for Healthy Outcomes brought together Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to capture and share insights for partnerships between health care organizations and CBOs, particularly those that serve low-income and/or vulnerable populations.

We are pleased to share with you two new resources to help guide these complex, innovative partnerships.

Partnership Assessment Tool for Health (PATH)

Designed for CBOs and healthcare organizations already engaged in partnership, this free tool provides a format to understand progress toward benchmarks characteristic of effective partnerships, identify areas for further development, and guide strategic conversation. The objective of the tool is to help partnering organizations work together more effectively and maximize their impact.

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Fact Sheet on Using Medicaid Levers to Support Healthcare Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations

This fact sheet outlines strategies to help state Medicaid officials encourage partnerships between CBOs and healthcare organizations. States can support partnership efforts by providing:

  • Financial support to build and sustain program capacity
  • Assistance in identifying metrics for evaluation
  • Incentives to providers to address the social determinants of health
  • Use of policy levers, including value-based contracts, managed care organization regulations, and state plan amendments
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