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SDOH Speaker Series

This free series brings together experts from Abt and other leading organizations to explore the challenges presented by the social determinants of health—and possible solutions. Please join an upcoming session online or catch up via our event recordings.

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Making Equity the Bedrock of Value-Based Care and Payment
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country but has some of the worst population health outcomes, and health care costs are taking up an increasing proportion of public spending. To help reverse this trend, public and private payors are increasingly using value-based care and payment models. Further, to truly reduce the total cost of care, addressing social determinants of health as part of value-based care is critical. In this webinar, our expert panelists will draw from their experiences serving both urban and rural areas to describe how value-based care can and should address social determinants of health for high-cost, high-needs patients. Panelists will also share their perspectives on how to measure quality, ensure accountability, and demonstrate value while supporting the flexible payment options needed for people to achieve health. Together, we’ll explore how value-based care models can serve as the bedrock for equity in the future of healthcare.



Harnessing Our Collective Wisdom to Create the Necessary Community Conditions so Children and Families Thrive
November 15, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. EST
Children who experience trauma—including abuse and neglect or loss of one or more parents—known as Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs), are more likely to face lifelong challenges to their well-being. How can we spare children and families from having deeper involvement in the social service systems? In this one-hour webinar, Abt and a distinguished panel explored the social and policy conditions that influence disproportionate representation of children of color in the child welfare system, including racism, access to services (including Medicaid and CHIP), and lack of economic opportunity, affordable housing and childcare, among others.  Panelists also identified ways in which leaders across sectors make decisions that impact families encountering the system, and described changes needed to reduce family and child engagement.

Promoting Health and Racial Equity through Sustainable Homeownership
November 10, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. EST
Homeownership is a key pathway to building wealth and stability for America’s families, but is out-of-reach for many low- and moderate-income families. In particular, people of color face heightened barriers stemming from both current and past discrimination and systemic bias. A new series of briefs and a landscape analysis prepared by Abt identify a range of specific opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and funders to advance racial and health equity by increasing access to sustainable homeownership. In this installment, Abt and distinguished speakers discussed the racial homeownership gap in America and how to address it.

Protecting High Risk Youth: Opportunities in Education and the Justice Systems
June 9, 2022
Poverty and systemic racism are major risk factors for entering the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, which in turn can increase the lifelong risk for poor health and wellbeing. In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Jean O’Connor moderated a panel of experts as they discussed the problems and potential solutions to break the cycle of poverty and crime. Former prosecutor and author Daphne Robinson explained how the juvenile justice system continues to adversely impact the health, well-being, and economic development of Black children in America, and the devastating costs to society. Dr. Terri McFadden discussed how early prevention, education, and justice systems are intertwined, and how policies can exacerbate systemic, institutional racism and poor outcomes. Christine Judd from Roca, Inc., discussed how their interventions are disrupting the incarceration pipeline and transforming the lives of young people at the center of urban violence.


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