TECH BUYER Mar 2020 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US46133620

Understanding Social Determinants of Health and Addressing the Benefits Cliffs in Health and Human Services

By: Adelaide O'BrienResearch Director, Government Digital Transformation Strategies


This IDC Perspective highlights the 2019 Health and Human Services Summit: Purpose, Passion, and Impact for the Future held on October 25–27, 2019, at Harvard University. At the summit participants addressed providing equity in opportunities for all people to achieve their full potential. This document focuses on two aspects of equity, understanding the social determinants of health and overcoming the challenges of benefits cliffs — the decrease in public health and human services benefits that can occur with a small increase in earnings.

"This is an opportune time to address social determinants of health and benefits cliffs as health and human services agencies are now able to affordably leverage technology for insights, road maps, and predictive analytics," says Adelaide O'Brien, research director, IDC Government Insights. "In addition to deploying technology, agencies should think more broadly about designing policies and solutions that enhance equity in social and economic mobility for every individual and family served."



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