How Can We Address Health Care's Blind Side?

    • March 21, 2012

In December 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released survey findings indicating that 85 percent of primary care doctors surveyed feel it is as important to address patients’ social needs as it is to treat their medical conditions. Overwhelmingly, they wish they had greater capacity to eliminate social barriers to their patients’ health – things like access to nutritious foods, housing assistance, and reliable transportation – and want the ability to write prescriptions to connect patients with such resources.

To continue this important conversation–and identify solutions to bridge the gap between medical care and social needs–the Foundation hosted a discussion with prominent health care leaders. This one-hour webinar, “Health Care’s Blind Side: Exploring Solutions to Address Social Needs,” was held on April 5, 2012 at 1:30pm ET.

The discussion explored possibilities for health care professionals to connect patients to needed resources in the community that can improve their health, and the business case for physicians, clinics and hospitals to bridge the gap in treating medical and social needs.

An archived version of the webinar presentation is available for playback. (Note: Choose "Playback," not "Download." You will be asked to provide your name and email address, and then the presentation will open in the WebEx Network Recording Player.)

Following the webinar, the discussion moved to the Health Care's Blind Side discussion forum, where our guest moderators asked additional questions to help identify solutions to address patients' social needs.