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COVID-19 and social determinants of health: Medicaid managed care organizations’ experiences with addressing member social needs

Among Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of addressing member social needs, and the need for broader consideration of what constitutes social determinants of health from a health care delivery standpoint.

The significant adverse social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has cast broader light on the importance of addressing social determinants of health (SDOH). Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MMCOs) have increasingly taken on a leadership role in integrating medical and social services for Medicaid members. However, the experiences of MMCOs in addressing member social needs during the pandemic has not yet been examined. The purpose of this study was to describe MMCOs’ experiences with addressing the social needs of Medicaid members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Samuel T. Opoku, MBChB, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Georgia Southern University

Samuel T. Opoku, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Jiann-Ping... Read Bio

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Charles F. Owens

Associate Clinical Professor & Director - Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Charles F. Owens is an Associate Clinical Professor for Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College o... Read Bio