Flagler Hospital established Care Connect to support its vision to become a national model for community-based care. When it comes to improving the health and well-being of our community, growing research shows us that up to 60% of our overall health is determined by social /environmental factors and individual behaviors - known as the social determinants of health.
Unmet social determinants of health have a significant impact on health outcomes:
- More Illness: Poor health is closely tied to inadequate housing, food insecurity, and unemployment/underemployment
- Shorter Life Expectancy: Well-educated individuals have a much longer life expectancy
- Increased Health Care Spending: Unmet social needs are associated with higher rates of emergency room use, hospital admissions, and readmissions