– Molina Healthcare launches Social Determinants of Health Innovation Center in Columbus, OH to address healthcare access barriers created by social factors.
– The Innovation Center will act under a shared services model and be accountable for driving the Company’s SDOH strategy.
Molina Healthcare, Inc., today announced the launch of its National Molina Healthcare Social Determinants of Health Innovation Center in Columbus, OH. The Innovation Center will expand member engagement and support by developing programs and best practices to address health care access barriers created by social factors, with a goal of enhancing patient-centered care across Molina’s service areas throughout the United States.
Understanding Social Determinants of Health
The CDC defines “social determinants of health” as the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age. This also includes the systems in place to offer health care and services to a community. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of forces: economics, social policies, and politics.
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Molina Social Determinants of Health Innovation Center Initiatives
Led by a seasoned staff trained to identify areas for improvement, the Innovation Center seeks to partner with local and national community-based organizations, providers and stakeholders to better serve the social and physical needs of Molina members.
The Innovation Center will act under a shared services model and be accountable for driving the Company’s SDOH strategy. It will be an arm of the office of the chief medical officer and will optimize Molina engagement efforts across national and regional partners. The Innovation Center will integrate SDOH into Molina’s models of care through several initiatives, including:
– Collection and analysis of data on members’ SDOH needs to inform partnerships and program development
– Documentation of SDOH interventions with Molina’s local partners
– Development of national programs aimed at advancing health outcomes through various SDOH supports
– Creation of a database of Molina SDOH member outcomes that will inform programmatic refinements and the development of best practices for implementation throughout the enterprise
Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare serves approximately 3.3 million members
“As an organization that prides itself on its regional focus and partnerships, Molina looks forward to applying SDOH best practices across our nationwide footprint to benefit all the local communities we serve,” said Dr. Jason Dees, chief medical officer, Molina Healthcare. “The Innovation Center will closely collaborate with and support our local and national partners, as we look to identify, test, implement and scale best practices throughout our service areas.”