TCC Blog

Through this blog, The CommUnity Commitment will provide information, background, data, updates and activities throughout the nation associated with the Social Safety Net.

Social Services and Primary Care

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on Social Services and Primary Care

This week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  announced their $16 million award to Health Leads. This is a important step in linking health outcomes with social safety net services to address social needs and quantifying the impact of this on health outcomes (as measured by morbidity and mortality).   This award is part of a larger movement within the health care system in which public health stakeholders are collaborating to find solutions to advance preventive measures by removing social barriers to accessing health care.

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A History of the Social Safety Net

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on A History of the Social Safety Net

The Social Safety Net has been an integral part of America for decades. And, it’s importance has been felt America’s more so than during the Great Recession.  America still faces a slow recovery from the Great Recession with an underfunded Social Safety Net.  And, with historic levels of chronic unemployment and underemployment, Americans still rely heavily on the Social Safety Net.

The following link offers access to visual history of the Social Safety Net:

http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics/history-social-safety-net

 

 

Social Safety Net and The ACA

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on Social Safety Net and The ACA

Social barriers to accessing health care negatively impact health outcomes for low-income families contributing to the rise of health care costs in America.  According to the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute (UWPHI; 2013), working in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF; 2012), four health factors influence health outcomes as measured by morbidity (quality of life) and mortality (length of life).

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Defining the Social Safety Net

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on Defining the Social Safety Net

While health care services are universally available through the public health system, low-income and disadvantaged populations face greater personal and financial challenges to accessing health care (Gulliford, et al., 2002). (more…)

Why catalogue available public assistance programs?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Managed Public Health | Comments Off on Why catalogue available public assistance programs?

Last week, I defined the term social safety net – the network of public assistance programs across the nation.  I want to take it a step further this week and explore the importance of cataloguing the public assistance programs  and promoting its availability while also examining the viability and sustainability of the network itself.  To start, let me talk a little about the concept of social determinants of health.  (more…)