The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) envisions a future in which everyone, regardless of their social circumstances, has access to aligned health and social care systems that achieve equitable outcomes through high-quality, affordable, person-centered care. This Call to Action complements the companion U.S. Playbook to Address Social Determinants of Health, which highlights the critical need to develop well-coordinated systems of health and social care to better address social needs that can impact health and that describes actions the federal government is taking to promote this transformation. This HHS Call to Action is being issued with the intent of catalyzing efforts at the community-level to encourage partnerships across sectors, including health care, social services, public and environmental health, government, and health information technology to address social needs with the goal of improving the health and well-being of every American. It describes key actions that partners in different sectors can take to help build a stronger, more integrated health and social care system, and it provides resources applicable to partners involved in each set of actions. It also discusses the important role that backbone organizations, including community care hubs, can play in managing community-based partnerships across sectors and how they can help develop and sustain the community-based infrastructure needed to improve coordination between health and social care providers.
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