Accessibility Tools

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates social needs account for as much as 80% of health outcomes.2 If social needs are not met, physicians and other providers will be largely unable to improve outcomes. This is bad for patients, and makes it harder for physicians to succeed in value-based payment arrangements

Our goal is to provide resources so you can inform and assist your patients who are in need.  

MLN Document on 2024 New Services: click here

CMS Recommended (but not required) Assessment Tool:  


Broad resources in a national database searchable by zip code click here for database


If  you have patients who are struggling to make ends meet these days and may qualify for food stamps, LaDonnica Moore Blakemore, the Mid-South Food Bank’s SNAP Coordinator for Outreach, wants to help anyone who could use application assistance. Feel free to reach out if you know someone who may be interested in food stamps, 901-305-5833
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University of Memphis Project Memphis  click here

Resources for families whose children need evaluation and early intervention for learning and behavioral needs, there are also expansive resources and connections for all young families including: 

MidSouth Food Bank Find Food Page 
click here

Domestic Violence Shelters: 
YWCA Abused Womenʹs Service Hotline ‐ (901) 725‐4277
Family Safety Center ‐ (901) 864‐2081
House of Grace Womenʹs Health (N. Mississippi) ‐ (662) 253‐0252 

Shelby County Resource Page: click here


Grants for families with costly children's medical expenses not covered or not fully covered by their commercial plan: UHC has funds for families of specific income brackets with commercial coverage of ANY brand to help with expenses for therapies/DME/ hospitals stays and more. 

Access to Dental Care:
As of January 1, 2023, TennCare Medicaid members ages 21 and older became eligible for dental benefits under their medical coverage. For more information on the new dental benefits and resources for your patients, visit



National Academy of Medicine SDOH 201 for Healthcare click here 

CMS Infographic on Capturing SDOH Data with Z Codes  click here 

Using SDOH in Your Medical Decision Making: How SDOH Input Can Raise Your E&M Level Click link to NAMAS blog  

The Fight for Equitable Treatment video panel discussion led by Shelby County Health Department Director-Health Officer Dr. Michelle Taylor   click here