Thursday, March 30, 2023

Overcoming Barriers in Social Determinants of Health

Many physicians believe the United States cannot improve health outcomes or reduce health care costs without addressing social factors that affect patient health. Social determinants of health include socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood/social and physical environment, nutrition and food security, health care access, and more. Social drivers of health are aspects that can be changed or improved. Today Kamala Green of NGS takes a look at when a patient faces a lack of equity in healthcare, it truly inhibits their ability to seek professional medical help and primary health care.

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About Kamala Green, Social Drivers of Health Program Manager, National Government Services

In her current position as the Social Drivers of Health Program Manager at National Government Services, Kamala assists with strategic design, implementation and evaluation of social drivers of health initiatives, where she partners to recommend initiatives related to unmet social needs, such as food, housing, legal support and income. Since joining NGS in November 2021, Kamala is instrumental in level setting and shaping the agenda for health equity and the social drivers of health (SDOH), specifically for Medicare.

About National Government Services

For more than 50 years, National Government Services has been empowering federal healthcare agencies to improve lives and communities. Its core business areas include digital health, providing federal IT solutions and services for healthcare, and business process Solutions. This includes its role as a Medicare contractor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Part of the Anthem family of businesses, NGS is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, and employs more than 1,500 associates across the country.


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