Although a growing body of research suggests that social determinants of health—social, functional, environmental, cultural and psychological factors—are intricately linked to health and wellness, our fragmented medical and social services are underequipped to address these needs. The Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMS) model—developed by the Center for Health and Social Care Integration (CHaSCI) at Rush University Medical Center—integrates masters-prepared social workers into primary care teams to identify, address and monitor social needs that influence health.
Preliminary evidence indicates that AIMS reduces clients’ emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmission rates. AIMS also creates opportunities for community-based organizations (CBO) to develop partnerships with local health clinics to integrate care and promote better health outcomes.
Please join the Aging and Disability Business Institute on April 24 at 1:00 PM Eastern for a one-hour webinar. This webinar will highlight training and implementation support for CBOs interested in replicating AIMS.
Participants in this webinar will be able to:
- Articulate areas needing health and social care integration;
- Identify key elements of the AIMS intervention; and,
- Identify the opportunities and challenges of building partnerships between CBOs and health organizations.
Robyn Golden, LCSW, LCSW, serves as the associate vice president of Population Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she also holds academic appointments in the departments of Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Health Systems Management and the College of Nursing. She is a former chair of the American Society on Aging’s board of directors.
Matthew Vail is a clinical social worker in the Department of Social Work and Community Health at Rush University Medical Center. He also serves as a coordinator for the Center for Health and Social Care Integration.
Sharlyn Pech, LCSW, is an AIMS social worker at Aging Care Connections in LaGrange, Ill.
Learn more about ACL’s Business Acumen Initiative to help states and community-based organizations build networks and respond to delivery system changes, including technical assistance, building business capacity for successful contracting with integrated care entities, and developing pathways to sustainability.