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NQF, Aetna join forces to tackle social determinants
Modern Healthcare

The National Quality Forum and Aetna Foundation on Thursday launched a nine-month initiative to identify best approaches toward addressing social determinants of health to develop a national standard of effective strategies for payers and providers.

The initiative, according to NQF President and CEO Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, is the continuation of an effort the two groups began in 2017 when they outlined in a Health Affairs blog post that there needed to be a more uniformed approach to collecting evidence-based data on the health impact of social factors such as poverty, housing instability, food insecurity and violence.