Prasad: New Opportunities to Address Health Disparities

Up to 80 percent of an individual’s health is determined by social factors. Black and Latinx individuals are up to six times more likely to die of COVID-19 and are up to seven percent more likely to suffer from chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes than their white counterparts.  The key strategy to alleviating these disparities is addressing the social needs that create them, such as food insecurity, homelessness, and lack of access to healthcare. One of the biggest barriers to this approach is the standardization and sharing of social needs data between healthcare providers and community organizations....

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