The has announced a $16 million commitment to , an organization that works with physicians and other healthcare providers to "prescribe" basic resources such as food and heat for their low-income patients.
The grant, the largest ever received by Health Leads, will enable the Boston-based organization to place service desks in more healthcare facilities, making it easier for doctors and nurses to address social factors affecting their patients' health. Patients who receive a "prescription" from a Health Leads-affiliated doctor are put in contact with advocates who can connect them to public resources and benefits. The $16 million commitment from RWJF includes $11 million in immediate grant funds and an additional $5 million that will be triggered by $11 million in additional investments from current and prospective investors and donors.
"Health Leads provides a vital connection between providers, patients, and community resources," said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. "Creating this type of bridge between health and health care systems is essential to promoting a culture of health, and the strength of these connections plays a key role in influencing how long and well Americans live."