Addressing Social Needs to Achieve Health Equity
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In this episode, Rebecca Kirch, Executive Vice President of Policy and Programs for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, describes the important role social and financial needs navigation services contribute to advancing health equity. All people should have the ability to determine their health decisions based on what’s best for them in the context of their own circumstances, without worrying about financial devastation. Policies and programs expanding availability of needs navigation target the constellation of concerns including access and affordability challenges that patients experience by steering them to safety net solutions. Listen as Rebecca shares how National Patient Advocate Foundation and other partners are mobilizing behind new health equity policy approaches to make needs navigation part of mainstream medicine. It's a win-win strategy for helping all patients in all settings secure affordable, high-quality care.

 

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