Access and Social Health
Mid-Atlantic Community Network
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to demonstrate that unmet social needs are barriers to health and well-being for many Americans. To address these vital social health needs, Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Unite Us to launch the Mid-Atlantic Community Network (MACN), a comprehensive community resource linking social service organizations, health care providers, and public agencies in the region. The new network launched in Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland on June 23, and plans to expand to Greater Baltimore in October 2020 and Northern Virginia in 2021. Kaiser Permanente is providing free access to this community network for all nonprofit organizations, community clinics, and hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. Using a shared technology platform provided by Unite Us, the MACN will offer critical health care and social services such as housing, food, employment, behavioral health, and assistance with paying for utilities by connecting community residents (including Kaiser Permanente members) to service organizations, health care providers, and public agencies that can address these needs. To date, more than 130 organizations have committed to participating in the new community network within the mid-Atlantic region, including DC Central Kitchen, Primary Care Coalition, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, So Others Might Eat, Latino Economic Development Center, Manna Food Center, Nonprofit Montgomery, Interfaith Works, Catholic Charities DC, United Way, and EveryMind. For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Community Network, contact Brittany Giles-Cantrell (
brittany.n.giles-cantrell@kp.org
).
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