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Social Drivers of Health

Health-Related Social Needs are Prevalent Among Commercially Insured

Conversations about and screenings for health-related social needs (HRSN) are often focused on people with Medicare and/or Medicaid coverage. Meanwhile, HRSN data for commercially insured populations — who make up approximately two-thirds of the U.S. adult population — are typically inferred from area-level data that lack the precision necessary to assess an individual’s health-related needs.

Community Health Worker Program Increased Access to Outpatient Care

Community Health Workers (CHWs) aim to improve the health of community members through services such as health education, referrals to community resources, language interpretation and translation, informal counseling, and patient advocacy.

What’s Driving Our Health Study

To better understand how people view their health, we conducted a nationally representative survey of adults to establish benchmarks and guide efforts. 

Doula Care Found to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

Maternal health begins before pregnancy, lasts beyond birth, and has far-reaching consequences. To evaluate whether doula care improves outcomes for high-risk expectant mothers, a retrospective cohort study was conducted with our affiliate health plan Medicaid members.

Explore Additional Research

Read more research on the drivers of health and the peer-reviewed findings of Elevance Health researchers, who have partnered with universities and professional associations to identify trends and evaluate benefits, services and programs.