The Social Determinants Accelerator Act would establish a federal interagency council to better leverage existing programs and address the barriers to coordination between health and social services programs. The bill would also help states and localities develop innovative strategies to address social determinants in their communities.
"Families know that staying healthy takes much more than just going to the doctor. Investing in nutrition services, housing, transportation, and good-paying jobs will make sure Americans have the resources they need to take care of their families, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. This bipartisan bill will improve the lives of Michiganders and expand Americans' access to comprehensive health care," said
"A person's health should not be dependent on where they live or the economic challenges they face," said
Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions that affect an individual's health and well-being, such as access to reliable transportation and stable housing. Addressing these factors can have a meaningful impact on the prevention and management of chronic diseases in our communities.
The Social Determinants Accelerator Act aims to address the social determinants of health by providing grants for state, local and tribal governments to develop strategies that target social determinants negatively impacting our most vulnerable populations. The legislation also establishes a federal interagency council to help grantees identify federal authorities, opportunities and strategies to tackle these challenges.
What They Are Saying:
"Aligning for Health is proud to support the reintroduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act. The legislation will catalyze cross-sector collaboration and will give state and local officials the resources they need to get beyond the siloes and develop innovative solutions to complex problems," said
"Across the country, there's an incredible appetite for innovation to improve health outcomes by connecting health and social care. We strongly urge passage of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act to fuel community-led initiatives that address the most pressing local health challenges. Investments in social care infrastructure will lay the foundation for a more equitable healthcare system in the years to come," said
"CSH strongly supports the Social Determinants Accelerator Act. For decades we have seen the negative health impacts people experience due to a lack of housing, food, and safety. The impact of systemic and institutional racism compounds these negative factors for individuals and communities of color. We are hopeful that the SDAA will enable communities and providers to work across sectors and create improved access and opportunities enabling those in need to thrive," said
"States are ready to lean into systemic reforms that address both the clinical and social influencers of health. Federal agency alignment and state grants will help drive these important efforts. 3M applauds legislative efforts to develop plans to address social determinants, including those that empower the use of clinical and social data to identify care gaps and inequities in the system," said
"As an organization devoted to making it easier for people to connect with social services, we are thrilled for the reintroduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act by Senators Young and Stabenow. The legislation will help drive community-level approaches to help connect people with the services they need," said
"Our surroundings - including where we are born, live, work and age - all have an impact on our health. This is why we need better coordination of care with programs that seek to address health and social needs. We strongly support the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2021, and are pleased Senators Stabenow and Young are introducing this legislation, which incorporates meaningful updates made in the House this summer, and will help communities work together to break down barriers, improve overall health and advance health equity," said
"LISC invests in quality affordable housing, safety, good education, job opportunities and financial stability because they all factor into the health and well-being of a community. We enthusiastically support the Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Act because it will help states devise approaches that leverage the expertise of partners from multiple sectors - including community based organizations - who are committed to advancing health equity and closing interconnected racial health and wealth gaps," said
"As a health insurer committed to address health disparities,
The Social Determinants Accelerator Act has been endorsed by several organizations, including: Aligning for Health, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, Acelero Learning, achi, Activate Care,
Full bill text can be found here: https://www.young.senate.gov/download/10/21/2021/bill-text