Linking health and social services through Area Agencies On Aging is associated with lower health care use and spending

April 1, 2020


  • Amanda L. Brewster
  • Traci L. Wilson
  • Jennifer Frehn
  • Diane Berish
  • Suzanne R. Kunkel

Area Agencies on Aging are increasingly partnering with health care organizations to address the health-related social needs of older adults and contribute to multisector coalitions that promote community health. Using survey data for the period 2008-13, this study examined the potential health impacts of establishing such partnerships.

Health Affairs, doi.10.1377/hlthaff.2019.01515

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