Health Leads envisions a healthcare
system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of
quality care. Health Leads increases
access to health and health care services by addressing the social and economic
factors that contribute to illness.
As a service provider, Health Leads
is helping health systems to create models for integrating patient social needs
into care, using a full spectrum of tools, including the Health Leads’ desk, in
which providers “prescribe” basic resources like food and heat, and
well-trained student Advocates stationed in the clinics work side-by-side with
patients to “fill” those prescriptions by accessing community resources and
public benefits. In 2014, nearly 900
Health Leads Advocates connected over 13,000 patients and their families to the
resources they needed to be healthy.
More recently, Health Leads has been piloting new solutions (including
technology, training, and implementation insights) that will enable health care
organizations to address social needs in a range of care settings and with a
variety of workforces.
In addition to its work as
a service provider, Health Leads works with health systems at the leadership
level to build momentum in the sector for addressing patient social needs. In this role, Health Leads shines a light on
innovation and best practices and participates in critical efforts around
evaluation and value measurement.