Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are all the rage, we see it discussed by hospitals, physicians, IT companies, health plans, academia, community non-profits, government, and the list goes on and on. It’s amazing how rapidly addressing SDoH has sprung up as “the solution”, and it may in fact be. But before we get too excited we need to consider that approaches to solve SDoH need to be operationalized and who does what, how the approaches are overseen, and accountability will make or break the outcomes.
The current behavior of the majority of sectors reminds me of a kid’s soccer game. If you’ve ever watched one you’ve no doubt seen a mass of children tightly arranged around the ball, each one trying to kick it, while 98% of the field is wide open.
Effective teams spread out, each one playing their role, in their assigned space while being held accountable.
If we’re not careful, Continue reading