I am happy to share that this past March, we released our 2018 Bold Goal Progress Report (pdf opens in new window). In it, we showcase the work we are doing with local physicians and community organizations to address important physical and mental health conditions both in and outside of the clinical setting, with a particular focus on social determinants of health (e.g., food insecurity, social isolation and loneliness). We know that 2017 was a particularly challenging year for health in the United States, as seen in Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index (link opens in new window), which reported that 21 states saw “declines (link opens in new window) in social, emotional and psychological health.” While some of this decline might reflect a year fraught with hurricanes and fires, Humana’s senior member population in our Bold Goal communities continues to improve their health when compared with seniors in non-Bold Goal communities.
Moreover, we’re learning a lot in these communities about loneliness, social isolation and food insecurity. For example, those who experienced loneliness had two to three more unhealthy days than the average Medicare member, and in 2016, 46 percent of patients screened positive for food insecurity in Broward County during a test-and-learn intervention, despite the county’s average being 15 percent.1 With this data, we’ve been able to develop resources to support doctors in the care of their patients, including a food insecurity tool kit (pdf opens in new window) that provides information about how to screen patients for food insecurity and connect them with resources should they screen positive.
Population health is a community conversation. Visit http://populationhealth.humana.com/ (link opens in new window) to learn more or to get involved in one of our Health Advisory Boards in your community.