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Dr Sandra Stein on the Important Issue of Social Determinants of Health

After moderating the panel discussion at The American Journal of Managed Care®’s Institute for Value-Based Medicine® (IVBM) event held in partnership with Banner|Aetna, Sandra Stein, MD, chief medical officer of Banner Health Plans, shared her key takeaway.

After moderating the panel discussion at The American Journal of Managed Care®’s Institute for Value-Based Medicine® (IVBM) event held in partnership with Banner|Aetna, Sandra Stein, MD, chief medical officer of Banner Health Plans, shared her key takeaway.

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As part of the panel discussion on ideas from “Health Systems and Social Services: A Bridge Too Far?” in which the authors disagreed that health systems should invest in social determinants of health, what points stood out to you?

The points that stood out to me the most were that there was a very diverse health care group represented. And I think I spoke to the point, everybody was on the same page about how important an issue this is and that social determinants of health need to be addressed in coordination with health care. It was that call to action to really figure out how we do this—there may be different ways to do it within the diverse group that we're talking about, but overall, we need to look at things from a high-level perspective and how we work together. Otherwise, we aren’t going to be able to have that profound impact that we really owe our health care communities.

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