Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.†

The ACAP Center for SDOH Innovation provides a rich portfolio of shared services to facilitate and demonstrate the leadership of ACAP-member Safety Net Health Plans in the field of social determinants of health (SDOH).

The Center provides for a wide array of services for health plans in nurturing and disseminating best practices in the field of SDOH; it will develop tools and resources for policymakers, thought leaders, and others in the health care space.

The center is designed to serve as a:

Trusted Authority: To be a national expert on how health plans can improve the health and well-being of their members and advance health equity in their communities by addressing the SDOH needs of their members.

Advocate for People with Low Incomes or Significant Health Needs: To inform ACAP’s national advocacy as Safety Net Health Plans work to become and remain leaders in communities by addressing the upstream drivers of health disparities.

Center for Best Practices: To facilitate innovation through supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of Member health plan programs and partnerships designed to address health related social needs for the communities they serve.

SDOH Founders’ Circle

The work of the Center is guided by a Founders’ Circle of ACAP-member Safety Net Health Plans with a demonstrated investment in SDOH issues. The Founder’s Circle sets goals and objectives for the Center, and influences and oversees the Center’s work during the year.

Center For SDOH Innovation Founders’ Circle members

Alliance HealthAlohaCareAmida Care

Banner University Health PlansCareOregonCareSource Ohio

Chorus Community Health Plan | Community Care PlanCommunity Health Choice

Community Health GroupCommunity Health Network of ConnecticutCommunity Health Plan of Washington

Geisinger Health PlanHealth Services for Children with Special Needs | South Country Health Alliance

UPMC for YouVirginia Premier Health Plan 



† U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2030: Social Determinants of Health.