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National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs

Helping communities to improve care for patients with complex needs

The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, launched in 2016, aims to improve wellbeing for individuals with complex medical, psychological, and social needs. It works to coalesce the emerging field of complex care by bringing together a broad range of clinicians, researchers, policymakers, and consumers who are developing, testing, and scaling new models of team-based, integrated care. The National Center and its staff collaborate with other experts across the nation to develop best practices, inform policy, and foster an engaged and accessible community to develop this work and teach it to others.

The National Center is an initiative of the Camden Coalition, and its founding sponsors are AARP, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Putting Care at the Center, the annual National Center conference, will be taking place December 5-7 in Chicago, IL.


Who Are Patients with Complex Health and Social Needs?

Patients with complex health and social needs experience poor outcomes despite extreme patterns of hospitalizations or emergency care. Although significant healthcare resources are spent on these patients, the care they receive has not made them healthy or well.


Why a National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs?

There’s a growing recognition – coinciding with efforts to reform how we pay for care – that to see different results we must deliver care differently. Care must be flexible and centered on the needs, goals, and circumstances of the patient. It also must be based on evidence. This is the philosophy behind care for patients with complex health and social needs.

Organizations and individuals throughout the nation are actively working to improve the care of patients with complex needs through coordinated, data-driven, and patient-centered approaches –integrating traditional healthcare with behavioral healthcare and social services such as housing, transportation, and educational support. The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs serves as a professional home for this diverse group, uniting and amplifying their efforts to improve care nationwide.


For more information, visit the website, follow the National Center on Twitter at @natlcomplexcare, sign up for the National Center mailing list, or contact [email protected].

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