Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations: Opportunities for Health Plans to Create Value

Camden Coalition, Partnership to Align Social Care, and Aging and Disability Business Institute
Implementation Tool
June 2023
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This resource guide outlines the value case for health plans to partner with community-based organizations for social care benefits.


Health plans are increasingly engaged in strategies to address the health-related social needs (HRSN) (e.g., housing, nutrition) of their members. Unmet HRSN significantly contribute to health disparities and preventable health care costs. Partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) can support health plans in providing more social care benefits to their members. Community care hubs (CCHs) are one type of partnership approach an entity that organizes a network of CBOs in the delivery of services addressing HRSN.  

About This Tool

This resource guide highlights five key reasons why health plans should contract with CBOs and CCHs for delivering social care benefits, including the potential for these relationships to help health plans reach financial, equity, and other goals. The guide also offers several health plan-CBO partnership case examples. The resource guide is broken into five sections:

  • Powerful innovation partners
  • Trust with members
  • Return on investment
  • Efficiency in coverage
  • Securing public contracts


Health plans can use this resource guide to learn more about the benefits of partnering with CBOs and CCHs, as well as how to implement these partnerships through case examples.

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