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Integration of Health and Human Services

The human services sector plays a vital role in promoting the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Integrating the health and human services sectors is essential to better serve people and families, achieve improved population health outcomes, and advance social and economic mobility. Together with the Human Services Program, we support work to integrate health and human services and create systems for equitable and thriving communities.

Despite a growing understanding within the health sector that factors like housing, education and employment play a critical role in people’s health and well-being, the programs and systems that help people meet their social needs remain largely isolated from those designed to meet their health care needs. We believe that health and human services organizations can better integrate their systems to create more seamless, person-centered support.

These systems should be informed by individuals and families, structured to create pathways to opportunity, and achieve more racially equitable outcomes so that communities can thrive.

It requires changes to policies, practices, funding, data systems, values and culture that need to be informed by the expertise of community-based organizations and the voices of people living in the community.

Through this work, integrated systems can move beyond crisis stabilization, triage or treatment to accelerate social and economic mobility and health equity.

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