Incorporating Social Determinants of Health into Medicaid Planning

Date: 01.21.2021 | HITC Editor

States are challenged with the many questions raised when considering social determinants in a Medicaid program, addressing them in practice, and using the data derived from related research to drive Medicaid planning. How do we gather useful information? How do we fund programs to address social determinants of health (SDoH)? This discussion will take a look at how some states are gathering and using SDoH data, the emerging technologies that can assist in addressing social determinants, and the ongoing supports needed to change population health through SDoH factors. Connecting population health with social elements that don’t directly fall under state Medicaid or Department of Health purview is a key factor in transforming health and human service organizations and the way they address the overall needs of their constituents. This discussion offers an innovative combination of technology, services and a switch in paradigm to supportive services instead of reactive services.

Ferdinand Morales


Vice President of Operations

Ferdinand Morales has more than 15 years of work experience in the development, delivery, and optimization of value-added quality management systems for health and human services operations. Mr. Morales currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the New York State of Health Customer Service Center. Previously, he served as the Director of Operations for the California Health Care Options project, and as a Director of Quality Assurance. He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

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