74 nonprofit payers launch SDOH center aimed at reducing health disparities

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans has launched a new center aimed at offering resources to payers and policymakers that will support initiatives around social determinants of health and reductions in health disparities.

The ACAP Center for Social Determinants of Health Innovation will provide policy reports, market research and roundtable educational events that will help key stakeholders address social determinants that impact an individual's health, according to a news release shared with Becker's June 30.

The new center will draw on the knowledge and resources of the association's 74 nonprofit members that collectively serve 22 million beneficiaries nationwide. Lexington, Mass.-based consulting firm Spring Street Exchange will administer the center.

"Longstanding racial inequities cannot improve without meaningfully addressing the social factors underlying them," Margaret Murray, CEO of ACAP, said. "This new center creates unique opportunities to showcase what works, share that knowledge with others and support a healthier future for people with low incomes, whose wellbeing has too often been held back by their environment."

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