Although a growing body of research suggests that social determinants of health – social, functional, environmental, cultural, and psychological factors – are intricately linked to health and wellness, our fragmented medical and social services are underequipped to address these needs. The Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMS) model – developed by the Center for Health and Social Care Integration (CHaSCI) at Rush University Medical Center – integrates masters-prepared social workers into primary care teams to systematically identify, address, and monitor various social needs that influence health. Preliminary evidence indicates that AIMS reduces clients’ emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmission rates. AIMS also creates opportunities for community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop partnerships with local health clinics to integrate care and promote better health outcomes – building on the expertise of CBOs and opening the door for new sustainability mechanisms.
This April 24, 2018 webinar will highlight the no-cost training and implementation support for CBOs interested in replicating AIMS in their communities.