PREVALENCE OF SOCIAL NEEDS
A 2018 Physicians Foundation survey of nearly 9,000 United States physicians found 88 percent of doctors surveyed indicated that some, many or all of their patients had at least one social need that “pose(d) a serious impediment to their health.”
ECONOMIC STABILITY IS KEY TO GOOD HEALTH
Already, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence demonstrating that having access to stable and affordable housing, healthy food, a good education, and steady income impact anyone’s ability to live a healthy life, even more so than access to clinical care itself.
THE DRIVERS OF DISPARITIES
In addition, when such basic social needs go unmet they become the principle drivers of health disparities—something we’ve witnessed both regionally and nationwide in the coronavirus pandemic, which has had disproportionately deadly outcomes in minority communities.