Driving a Cross-Agency Focus on Equity and Access: Indiana’s Office of Healthy Opportunities
States across the country increasingly recognize the value of addressing social determinants of health — such as housing, transportation, food, and employment — as a means to improve population health, advance health equity, and reduce healthcare spending. In early 2018, Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) created the Office of Healthy Opportunities. Dedicated to ensuring “equitable access to the social and physical supports needed to promote health from birth through end-of-life,” the office has three goals: (1) identify the specific healthcare related social needs of Hoosiers; (2) connect those in need with state and community organizations; and (3) create new policies and programs to provide services where they do not currently exist.
This case study explores how FSSA is working to meet the goals set forth by the new office through engagement with consumers and collaboration with multiple peer agencies — including public and private stakeholders — to rethink how to optimize the integration and delivery of health and social services for Medicaid beneficiaries.
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