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Physicians Highlight Overlooked Connection between Social Needs and Health

A fascinating national survey of physicians demonstrates that many medical professionals believe that not being able to meet personal social needs leads to poorer medical health.  
"Medical care alone cannot help people achieve and maintain good health if they do not have enough
to eat, live in a dilapidated apartment without heat or are unemployed. Physicians report that their
patients frequently express health concerns caused by unmet social needs beyond their control," states the authors of Health Care’s Blind Side: The Overlooked Connection Between Social Needs and Good Health, a report recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 
Physicians feel so strongly about the relationship between social needs and health that 75 percent of those surveyed felt that the health care system needs to do more to address those social needs. 
This study makes the case and reinforces the need for comprehensive health and social service programs for students AND families found in many community schools across the country.

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