Achieving Health Equity: Integrating Social Care Into Health Care Delivery at an Integrated Academic Health System

Monday, March 22
1:10pm2:10pm CDT

Presented By

Bonnie Ewald

Associate Director, Center for Health and Social Care Integration
Rush University Medical Center

Christopher Nolan

System Manager, Community Health and Benefit
Rush University System for Health

Robyn Golden

Associate Vice President, Social Work and Community Health
Rush University Medical Center
About the Session

Decades of research demonstrate that improving social determinants of health (SDoH)—such as access to stable income and housing, nutritious and sufficient food, appropriate healthcare, and reliable transportation—is critical to reducing health disparities and improving overall health. The current healthcare delivery system is primarily focused on providing medical interventions to treat or prevent disease and is not equipped to systematically address health-related social risk factors and social needs that contribute to disease and exacerbate health inequities.

To change that, healthcare leaders must undertake diverse approaches to integrate social care into their clinical, community, policy, advocacy and research work. This workshop will outline how Rush University System for Health, an academic health system, has integrated equity into the fabric of the organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply strategies and tools to integrate social care into healthcare delivery.
  • Demonstrate how to integrate community and patient-reported needs into healthcare programs.

This session qualifies for 1.0 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit. Attendees must participate during the scheduled time to earn ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit.