Health Care For All Receives $100,000 From The Boston Foundation To Promote Collaboration between MassHealth ACOs and Community-Based Organizations in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Friday, June 29, 2018
BOSTON, Mass. (June 29, 2018) – Health Care For All (HCFA) announced today it has received a $100,000 grant over one year from the Boston Foundation for general operating support to assess and promote meaningful collaboration between MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and local community-based organizations.

“The MassHealth ACO program is tackling both the health care and social needs of low-income people,” said Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director of Health Care For All. “By integrating delivery systems reforms with efforts to address the underlying causes of poor health, MassHealth members should see improved health outcomes and, ultimately, a decrease in health disparities.”

Through the development of ACOs, MassHealth has the opportunity to create a more patient-centered system by better coordinating care and improving care quality and health outcomes. ACOs also have the opportunity to develop and adopt innovative approaches to integrate health-related social services when delivering health care to MassHealth members. These social services are designed to mitigate negative impacts of the social determinants of health – factors such as lack of affordable housing, lack of access to adequate nutrition, transportation barriers, and exposure to violence – which are important influences on the health of all individuals.

HCFA is well positioned to undertake this project given our in-depth knowledge of the MassHealth program, both from a policy perspective and from a consumer experience perspective, and our strong collaborative partnerships with public health advocates. HCFA is also a founding member, with the Massachusetts Public Health Association, of the Alliance for Community Health Integration (ACHI), a coalition of public health, consumer advocacy, social service, and community organizations working to harness health care to address social determinants of health and promote health equity. In collaboration with our partners in ACHI, we have already begun the process of outreaching to ACOs to understand their approach to social determinants of health, including anticipated challenges.

 

The Boston Foundation has embarked on a renewed and more focused effort to make a material contribution to addressing some of the critical challenges and opportunities facing Greater Boston’s people and places.

“Health Care For All plays a critically important role in improving access to quality care for everyone in Massachusetts,” said Paul S. Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation. “We are pleased to award this grant to help Health Care For All inspire greater collaboration between health care and community organizations, creating a more seamless system of support for the people they serve.”

 

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Health Care For All (HCFA) is a nonprofit organizations that promotes health justice in Massachusetts by working to reduce disparities and ensure coverage and access for all. We achieve this as leaders in public policy, advocacy, education and service to consumers in Massachusetts. For more information about HCFA, visit our website at www.hcfama.org. You can also call our free HelpLine (800) 272-4232 if you need help applying for health insurance.

 

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of some $1 billion. In 2016, the Foundation and its donors paid $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of more than $107 million. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with more than 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, think tank and advocacy organization, commissioning research into the most critical issues of our time and helping to shape public policy designed to advance opportunity for everyone in Greater Boston. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a distinct operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations both here and around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation or TPI, visit tbf.org or call 617.338.1700.