Homer, C. (2017, June 16). Human services help communities make the most of safety net programs [Web log post].

Year: 2017


This blog posts considers how to move beyond questions of how to increase access to and quality of health care services to consider health system transformation in communities as a strategy to achieve better health. Community transformation can only occur when the federal and state policies on which communities can build are aligned. Human services organizations typically execute these federal and state policies at the community level, and can be engaged as essential partners in transforming community systems of health. The author examines how federal and state policy is a fundamental component of community transformation, how human services programs translate federal policy to community programs and services, and how health care – human services partnerships provide clues about the ways forward.

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