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Leveraging American Community Survey (ACS) Data to Address Social Determinants of Health and Advance Health Equity

This report focuses on how Medicaid programs can use data from one federal survey, the American Community Survey (ACS), to inform and target interventions that seek to address social determinants of health and advance health equity. This report also highlights relevant examples from states that use SDOH and health equity measures from the ACS, including which measures and what they are used for.

State Medicaid programs are increasingly seeking to understand and address social factors that contribute to poor health—such as food insecurity, unstable housing, and a lack of access to social supports—in order to lower costs, improve outcomes for their members, and advance health equity.



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