Ensuring that the health care system addresses community health needs.
2019-2020 Policy Priorities
Funding for the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)
People’s health is influenced primarily by the conditions where they live, work, and play. Yet, we spend nearly $60 billion on health care in Massachusetts, primarily to treat people after they’re sick. PWTF is first large scale initiative that invests in evidence-based community strategies to prevent illness and reduce health inequities.
Between 2014-18, PWTF funded successful clinical-community partnerships focused on childhood asthma, falls among older adults, hypertension, and tobacco use.
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Promoting Social Determinants of Health in Health Care Reform
Social determinants of health—factors such as lack of affordable housing, transportation barriers, limited access to well-paying jobs, and exposure to violence—contribute to poor health outcomes, drive up health care costs, and create deep health inequities across race and income. There is a window of opportunity now to take an aggressive approach to these inequities as part of Massachusetts health care transformation — efforts which seek to reform the way that health care is delivered and paid for to put a greater focus on wellness, prevention, and value-based care.
2019-2020 priorities are:
- Enhanced Impact of MassHealth ACOs on Health-Related Social Needs
- Alignment of Hospital Investments with Community Needs
- Engagement of Health Care Institutions to Support Social Determinant of Health Policy