Strategies for Providing Whole Child Care: A Blueprint for Meeting Children’s Social Needs

Strong evidence suggests that investing in children’s social needs leads to long-term improvements in health, economic stability and resilience. Despite this growing body of research, stakeholders have historically prioritized addressing the health-related social needs (HRSN), also referred to as social drivers of health (SDOH), of adults with complex health issues due to the short-term return on investment (ROI). As programs to address nonmedical factors that impact health become more prevalent, the HRSN of children and youth are gaining greater attention.

In a new webinar, Manatt will facilitate a panel discussion with state and national leaders who are pioneering new ways to address the HRSN of children. Manatt’s Cindy Mann will then review the emerging opportunities for financing children’s HRSN interventions. The program will review recent developments and promising approaches for financing the HRSN of children, including 1115 waivers, “in lieu of services” (ILOS), and Children’s Health and Wellness Funds. Key topics include:

  • A panel discussion about the growing activity and interest in investments in the HRSN of children and youth
  • The factors that tend to limit investment in the HRSN of children and youth, including the long-term vs. short-term ROI for health plans, providers and state Medicaid agencies
  • The actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and states are taking to implement policy solutions—including examples of the latest waiver approvals—and how they are advancing new approaches to supporting the HRSN of children and youth
  • How Children’s Health and Wellness Funds offer a complementary or additional approach for financing HRSN initiatives for children, youth and their families


  • ModeratorJocelyn Guyer, Senior Managing Director
  • Panel of state and national innovators implementing new strategies for addressing HRSN of children and youth, including:
    • Cindy Mann, Partner, Manatt Health
    • Dr. Kara Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, Nemours Children’s Health
    • Steph Jarem, Director, Office of Health Policy, Oregon Health Authority

Date and Time:

Tuesday, May 2
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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