Archive of Urban

Strong Social Support Services, Such as Transportation and Help for Caregivers, Can Lead to Lower Health Care Use and Costs

March, 2013

In a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation physician survey, 85 percent of primary care physicians agreed that “unmet social needs—things like access to nutritious food, reliable transportation, and adequate housing—are leading directly to worse health for all Americans.” This rate increased to 95 percent among physicians serving patients in low-income urban communities.


Gayle Shier, Michael Ginsburg, Julianne Howell, Patricia Volland, and Robyn Golden