Social Equity and Health

Social, environmental, and behavioral factors account for 60 percent of health outcomes, yet, we continue to spend more on medical care than social services. Our focus is on the impact that spending on social services can have on health outcomes.


November 30, 2018
This report summarizes the findings from a qualitative study that sought to better understand how CBOs are responding to the healthcare sector’s movement into SDOH programming
January 31, 2018
This brief outlines characteristics of effective partnerships & provides recommendations to guide development of successful collaborations between health & social service orgs
June 26, 2018
This guidebook is designed to help health care administrators and providers better understand the types of social services available in Massachusetts.
March 8, 2017
This report presents the results of a study analyzing the impact of CSPECH on the utilization and cost of health services.
December 22, 2016
This brief explores the relationship between community characteristics and the uninsured rate for people of all ages in Massachusetts.
May 19, 2016
Report examines the link between state spending on health care & social services & health behaviors & outcomes for MA compared with neighboring states & national averages.
June 29, 2015
This report evaluates and synthesizes the evidence base for interventions that address social determinants of health.


October 10, 2018
This Foundation event featured an important discussion on the topic of innovative approaches to investing in social services. 
December 7, 2017
This event featured hospital institutions and their approaches to investing in housing, including diverse models of seven institutions across the country and state, key successes, and lessons learned.
June 8, 2017
This event featured a discussion about strategic and operational aspects of creating effective cross-sector partnerships between community-based social service organizations and health care providers.
October 26, 2016
This event featured a discussion about hospital community benefit in MA and a report that offers one of the most comprehensive publicly available statewide reviews of community benefit.
October 24, 2014
A forum on Social Equity & Health, with presentations from three experts who are breaking new ground in this field and discussion on how we can work together to identify innovative opportunities to address this important issue.