Meeting people's health-related social needs (HRSN) has always mattered. Under any conditions, the health of individuals, families and communities hinges substantially on stable access to safe, healthy, and affordable housing; to reliable heat, lights, water, internet and phone service; to nutritious food; to transportation resources; to protection from violence, abuse, and exploitation; and much more.

In typical times, the systems that exist to help people meet those needs have been under-resourced and hard-to-navigate for individuals and families. The COVID-19 pandemic has made what was already a difficult landscape an extraordinarily challenging – even impossible – one to traverse. Against this backdrop, MLPB has launched this open-access Digital Digest at the intersection of COVID-19 lawmaking and HRSN problem-solving.

This tool:

  • Curates evolving information and resources in key domains of health-related social need
  • Translates what these developments mean for people and the health ecosystem workforces who partner with them
  • Offers projections on how things might continue to change
  • Spotlights key federal (nation-wide) themes in resources, benefits and legal protections as well as state-specific information for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where MLPB does extensive work.

IMPORTANT: MLPB will update this content as appropriate,Exclaim and Digest readers should note the last-reviewed timestamp and click on the hyperlinks to access the most current information. In addition, this information is for educational purposes only; nothing in it should be construed as legal advice. 


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