There is widespread agreement that the social and economic conditions of a community play a large role in determining the health outcomes of residents. Despite such agreement, it is not always as clear how the health care system can most effectively address patients’ social needs or if the health care system can play a role in addressing the upstream factors that influence community health. This tool is meant to help health advocates identify the policy solutions and health system levers they can employ to address social needs in their community.
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