Leavitt Partners Future Frame Series: Addressing SDOH Through Multi-Sector Collaboration

On March 5, 2021, Leavitt Partners held a LinkedIn Live broadcast focused on addressing the social determinants of health through multi-sector collaboration, featuring Andrew Croshaw, Sara Singleton and guest speaker Dr. Catherine Baase, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance. They discussed the work the National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH) is conducting to make a material improvement in the lives of individuals and communities and, through multi-sectoral partnerships, advance holistic, value-based, person-centered healthcare that can successfully impact the social determinants of health (SDOH).

First, its important to understand how SDOH is being defined. We think of SDOH as the conditions in the environments where people are born, grow, live, work, and age that affect health outcomes and risks; and the broader systems that shape those conditions, including social, political, and economic programs and policies. In order to move from addressing social needs (immediate non-medical needs of an individual) to addressing the root cause of these needs, the SDOH, NASDOH believed that multi-sector efforts are needed.

When community partners come together and create multi-sector alliances, they can build broader solutions to impact SDOH as well as create shared incentives and coordinated investment. Examples of this are emerging across the country.

One example of such a multi-sectoral effort is the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) which has been active for more than 13 years in central Michigan. The organization’s goal is to bring everyone in the community together to pool resources to be able to address local needs. To address community health, the alliance needed a transformational action plan, centered around a common understanding and goals. They focused on leveraging the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s Triple Aim framework of better care for individuals, better health for populations, and lower cost, to implement initiatives, programs, and technology. Their aims included improving engagement, creating cost efficiencies, and producing higher levels of patient satisfaction. MiHIA also developed a dashboard to provide a visual analysis to help alliance members make healthy decisions to improve the overall health status and quality of life for the communities they serve.

In addition, NASDOH has created a host of resources to help organizations think through how to form and sustain a multi-sector alliance. Through their recently launched Resource Compendium for Developing and Guiding a Multi-Sectoral Collaborative, NASDOH articulates why multi-sectoral partnerships are essential to address adverse SDOH, provides a framework to guide the establishment of multi-sectoral alliances, and highlights a curated set of resources, with a focus on guidance and best practices for structures and processes to support community capacity to build multi-sectoral alliances.

To access the compendium, visit nasdoh.org. If you were unable to attend the LinkedIn Live discussion on March 5, you can view the recording here.


Our mission at Leavitt Partners is to advance value to make health care more affordable, sustainable, and effective. We invite community members and industry experts to join us in future dialogue on the healthcare climate. View our upcoming schedule of Future Frame discussions here and join us for our next broadcast on Friday, April 16, 2021 on LinkedIn Live. Andrew Croshaw, Governor Mike Leavitt, and other Leavitt Partners leaders will provide a Political Check Point update