Two Business Institute Blog Posts Published in the Better Care Playbook

We’re excited to announce that the Better Care Playbook has published two new blog posts that highlight issues critical to the work of the Aging and Disability Business Institute—the role Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) play in addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) in their communities and ways to tackle the unique challenges of cross-sector partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and health care entities. Both blog entries, authored by staff of the Business Institute, will reach an audience of health system leaders, payers and policymakers and others.

In Navigating the Challenges of Cross-Sector Partnerships to Meet the Needs of Older Adults and People with Disabilities, Marisa Scala-Foley, director of the Business Institute, draws on data from the Aging and Disability Business Institute’s 2020 Request for Information survey. She also examines cross-sector collaboration, barriers to partnership and how aging and disability CBOs and health care have worked together to overcome common challenges to better address the needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

In The Critical Role of Area Agencies on Aging in Addressing the Health-Related Social Needs of Older Adults, Beth Blair, Senior Research Associate with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), presents data from n4a’s latest National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging. She breaks down the services AAAs provide, the critical role of AAAs in addressing the SDOH needs of older adults and how they are scaling to meet growing demand.

Launched by a collaboration of seven leading health care foundations—Arnold Ventures, The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Milbank Memorial Fund, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation—and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies, the Better Care Playbook seeks to provide health care stakeholders with the best and latest knowledge about addressing and improving care for people with complex health and social needs.