Nursing, with its focus on service and patient-centered care, is a social good that improves the health of individuals as well as the community as a whole. Nurse-led practices operate as community partners that make use of local resources to support patients, other service providers, and their practice. NNCC can help practices address social determinants of health, such as food insecurity and safe housing, to help improve patient health outcomes and mitigate barriers to care.
- Nursing as Social Good: NNCC training and education can help nurse-led practices identify the downstream impact of their care on families and communities as a whole.
- Social Enterprise and Impact: NNCC can help nurse-led practices identify community partners and better serve as responsible members of the healthcare neighborhood. This includes developing linkages to community health, social service, and private sector entities. Practices with an understanding of social enterprise can more effectively stretch resources and sustain services across communities on behalf of their patients.
- Social Determinants of Health: Nurse-led practices understand that non-medical issues can serve as barriers to assess and adherence to care. Practices cannot tackle patient health issues without also understanding their unique social determinants of health (SDOH). This includes consistently assessing SDOH status, maintaining linkages to community partners, and providing quality referrals to address SDOH.
- Equity of Care; Equity of Outcome: Despite their best efforts, clinical practices are still struggling to reduce lingering disparities in care between and within gender, racial, socioeconomic, and geographic groups. NNCC has a focus on improving access to care, mitigating barriers to care due to cost or distance, and understanding how lingering disparities necessitate unique care delivery systems.
The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium’s Training and Technical Assistance efforts are supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS09736, a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement (NCA) for $450,000, and is 100% financed by this grant. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.