Founded by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in 2016, the Social Determinants of Health Academy is a HRSA-funded virtual training series designed to help staff from health centers, Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), and Primary Care Associations (PCA) develop, implement, and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities. The SDOH Academy features curricula that coalesce a variety of approaches and resources to bear under one umbrella to support health centers in addressing SDOH in their communities, and is jointly coordinated by multiple organizations with HRSA National Cooperative Agreements (NCA). Contact Ellen Lawton at email@example.com with questions.
Application Open for 2018-2019 Learning Collaboratives
Applications are due Tuesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants will be notified by October 12 regarding acceptance.
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In 2018-2019, The SDOH Academy is launching four Learning Collaboratives (LC) for smaller cohorts of health centers, Health Care Controlled Networks (HCCN), and Primary Care Associations (PCA). The LCs will focus on shared learning aimed at transforming care to better meet the socioeconomic circumstances and non-clinical needs of special and vulnerable populations through closer examinations of rural care, workforce, Medicaid policies, and cross sector partnerships, respectively.
The SDOH Academy faculty is comprised of thirteen organizations, with HRSA National Cooperative Agreements. Staff from up to 40 health centers, HCCNs, and PCAs will be accepted per LC topic. Each of the four LCs will include four virtual sessions, and will run from November 2018-June 2019. LC topics, faculty members, and session dates are listed below.
The Learning Collaboratives
LC #1 Addressing SDOH in rural areas
Faculty: Health Outreach Partners, Migrant Clinicians Network, National LGBT Health Education Center, and Capital Link
- Session 1: Tuesday, November 6 at 2 PM EST
- Session 2: Tuesday, November 13 at 2 PM EST
- Session 3: Tuesday, November 27 at 2 PM EST
- Session 4: Tuesday, December 4 at 2 PM EST
LC #2 Training health center workforce to address SDOH
Faculty: National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Centers
- Session 1: Wednesday February 6 at 3 PM EST
- Session 2: Wednesday, February 13 at 3 PM EST
- Session 3: Wednesday, February 20 at 3 PM EST
- Session 4: Wednesday, February 27 at 3 PM EST
LC #3 Leveraging Medicaid Policies to address SDOH
Faculty: Corporation for Supportive Housing, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, National Association of Community Health Centers
- Session 1: Thursday, April 4 at 3 PM EST
- Session 2: Thursday, April 11 at 3 PM EST
- Session 3: Thursday, April 18 at 3 PM EST
- Session 4: Thursday, April 25 at 3 PM EST
LC #4 Developing cross-sector partnerships to improve health outcomes
Faculty: National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, National Center for Health and Public Housing, Harvard Equitable Care for Elders
- Session 1: Thursday, June 6 at 2 PM EST
- Session 2: Thursday, June 13 at 2 PM EST
- Session 3: Thursday, June 20 at 2 PM EST
- Session 4: Thursday, June 27 at 2 PM EST
2016 – 2018 Activities
In 2016, 39 HRSA-funded health centers and 19 PCAs participated in virtual trainings as part of The SDOH Academy pilot. Data from the pilot was used to inform the topics and structure of The SDOH Academy 2.0, which ran from January 2018 through June 2018. Trainings during the second year were attended by 1,190 staff from health centers, HCCNs, and PCAs across the country.
An Advisory Committee guides content development for The SDOH Academy and acts as a bridge across all participating NCAs. Ten additional NCAs serve as contributing faculty members.
Contributing Faculty: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Centers • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved • Capital Link • Harvard Equitable Care for Elders • Migrant Clinicians Network • National Association of Community Health Centers • National Center for Health and Public Housing • National LGBT Health Education Center • National Nurse-Led Care Consortium • School Based Health Alliance