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DOH Seeks Innovations to Address Social Determinants

The Department of Health (DOH), Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP), Bureau of Social Determinants of Health is launching a new initiative to identify innovative ideas to effectively address the Social Determinants of Health (SDH) for Medicaid members across New York State. The intent of this ‘Call for SDH Innovations’ is to solicit input from interested parties across the state and around the country. Innovations will be reviewed by a team of health care experts identified by DOH. Top innovations will receive special recognition, but all innovations, with the consent of the submitting organization, will be shared publicly by DOH.

Later this fall, DOH will host a Social Determinants of Health Innovations Summit that will allow the applicants with the best solutions to pitch their product or idea to a panel of expert judges and audience members. It will be a chance for top health care professionals and investors who are focused on driving transformational change to hear new and exciting ways to better health outcomes for millions of New Yorkers on Medicaid. At the summit, winners of each category will be honored with a ‘2018 SDH Innovation Award.’

While there is no funding from the State available for this initiative, it is a chance for innovative companies and organizations to receive exposure to key health care decision makers including, but not limited to, health care providers, Managed Care Organizations, and DSRIP Performing Provider Systems. While this initiative may appear to focus on product-based innovations, please consider submitting ideas relating to models of care and support, incentives, efficiencies, and other ways to improve upon SDH.

Innovations are due by 5 p.m. on June 15, 2018. The Call for SDH Innovations application is now available here. Questions can be sent to SDH@health.ny.gov.

Contact: Meg Carr Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8871