The Alliance seeks to improve what is known as the social determinants of health — non-medical factors that affect people’s health — for SelectHealth Community Care (Medicaid) members by assessing needs and connecting members to resources.
In the Alliance, the primary factors are defined as housing instability, utility needs, food insecurity, interpersonal violence, and transportation. The secondary factors are education, family and social support, income and employment, and health behaviors.
“When we look at improving health, we see many influential factors that are well beyond the reach of the healthcare system. In fact, many people say your zip code plays more of a role in your health, and healthcare, than any other factor.”
Dr. Marc Harrison, Intermountain President and Chief Executive Officer.