“Not only is it smarter from a healthcare perspective to focus on social needs, but we need to really invest in communities and help community members and community organizations be a part of the healthcare ecosystem.”
Manik Bhat is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Healthify. As a community-health worker in a poor area of Baltimore, Bhat saw firsthand how health outcomes were tied to social needs such as food, housing, childcare, employment, and transportation.
Healthify helps large health systems and healthcare insurers identify needs in communities and then coordinates care directly with social-service programs. It also connects people to services and programs such as Meals on Wheels.