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Impact Health is a dynamic start-up entity created by Dogwood Health Trust to lead Western North Carolina’s (WNC’s) participation in the State of North Carolina’s Healthy Opportunities Pilot program for Medicaid.
Functioning as the Network Lead for WNC’s Healthy Opportunities program, Impact Health:
Currently, 90 percent of health care spending in the United States is on medical care. While access to high-quality medical services is crucial to health, research shows that up to 80 percent of a person’s overall health is driven by other social and environmental factors and the behavior influenced by them— known as “social determinants of health.”*
But what happens if we invest in those social determinants of health – particularly in housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety – to reduce the need for medical care?
That’s the question that Impact Health aims to answer.