Vandalia Health Network Partners with Unite Us to Address Social Determinants (SDoH) of Health and Improve Health Equity
Charleston, West Virginia, Day/March 06, 2023
Vandalia Health Network (VHN), a united healthcare system, and Unite Us, the nation’s leading software company enabling cross-sector collaboration, are partnering to connect the identification of needs to efficient resource access. The partnership will analyze specific needs within the West Virginia community and pinpoint the most significant impact areas.
VHN aims to eliminate socioeconomic barriers and improve patients' health equity and clinical outcomes. Currently, VHN serves over 100,000 patients, all experiencing different barriers in their health care. By engaging with local communities and collaborating with Unite Us, we can ensure quality improvement in a patient's general care.
In West Virginia, Unite Us connects people to much-needed resources and services, such as assistance with housing, shelter, food, and individual/family support. Partners in the network are connected through Unite Us’ shared technology platform, enabling them to send and receive secure electronic referrals, address people’s social needs, and improve community health.
“Although a healthcare provider can control a person's medical care, they do not necessarily control the environmental factors that affect their health,” said Michelle Coon, President of VHN. “Partnering with Unite Us to address these issues with the external community, state, and national partners makes sense. Healthcare providers should consider ‘thinking outside the box’ regarding partnerships to address SDoH,” added Coon.
Together, Vandalia Health Network and Unite Us will securely connect people in need with community-based resources that can otherwise be difficult to navigate. The network care management team can securely access and refer people to needed services while monitoring progress and measuring outcomes.
“Our collaborative partnership with Vandalia Health demonstrates how a healthcare system understands the power community organizations have to improve community health in a way clinical care alone can’t,” said Taylor Justice, President and Co-Founder of Unite Us. “Together, VHN and Unite Us will redefine how healthcare systems collaborate with community, state, and government organizations to help their members improve outcomes and build healthier communities.”
Nonprofits, community-based organizations, and other providers who want to connect their clients and patients to Vandalia Health’s services within Unite Us’ network can reach out to Devon Lopez, Community Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or uniteus.com/contact/.
About Vandalia Health Network
The Vandalia Health Network, formerly known as the West Virginia Health Network, is a clinically integrated network (CIN) that places patients at the center of care and strives to deliver the right care at the right time and by the right provider. It brings together physicians, hospitals, and health systems through technology, shared data, and performance benchmarks to improve the quality of care, enhance patient experience and reduce healthcare costs.
About Unite Us
Unite Us is the nation’s leading software company enabling collaboration across sectors to improve the health and well-being of communities. Unite Us’ secure solutions establish a new standard of care that identifies and predicts social care needs, helps connect people to services, and leverages meaningful outcomes data to further drive community investment. Through Unite Us’ national network and software, community-based organizations, government agencies, health plans, and healthcare providers are all connected to better collaborate and meet the needs of the individuals in their communities. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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