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Healthy Opportunities

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Healthy Opportunities … because the opportunity for health begins where we live, learn, work and play.

All North Carolinians should have the opportunity for health. Access to high-quality medical care is critical, but research shows up to 80 percent of a person’s health is determined by social and environmental factors and the behaviors that emerge as a result. DHHS is focusing on tackling these fundamental drivers of health. 

To meet our mission of improving the health, safety and well-being of all North Carolinians while being good stewards of resources, DHHS is addressing the conditions in which people live that directly impact health, known as “social determinants of health,” or SDOH. Our initial focus is on housing stability, food security, transportation access and interpersonal safety. Strategies include:

  • Creating an interactive statewide map of SDOH indicators that can guide community investment and prioritize resources.
  • Developing a set of standardized screening questions to identify and assist patients with unmet health-related resource needs.
  • Building a statewide resource platform to connect those with an identified need to community resources.
  • Incorporating SDOH strategies throughout the Medicaid 1115 wavier.
  • Developing public-private pilots that knit together health care and community services, with the goal of incorporating evidence-based interventions into the state Medicaid program that address health factors related to SDOH. 
  • Building an infrastructure to develop and support a Community Health Worker Initiative.
  • Examining better ways to streamline cross-enrollment in existing key benefit programs.