Expanding the reach of the health care system beyond the clinic walls by focusing on the underlying social determinants of family and neighborhood health.
2017-2018 Policy Priorities
Continuation of the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund
The Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) has increased access to preventive services for nearly 1 million people across every region of the Commonwealth. PWTF invests in evidence-based community interventions that keep residents healthy and safe and is helping to transform the linkages between clinical care and community-based services. The first program of its kind in the country, PWTF has been recognized as a national model. Funding for PWTF will sunset in mid-2017 without action from the Legislature.
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.