Challenges and Solutions to Public Assistance System Alignment: How Trauma-informed Programming Unveiled Barriers to Aligning TANF and Medicaid


Cross-sector collaboration and systems alignment can address social determinants of health, improve family well-being and create a more equitable society. The Building Wealth and Health Network (The Network) is a trauma-informed workforce development program addressing both behavioral and financial health. It was created in an effort to align Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid. Read the research brief by S4A investigators at Drexel University's Center for Hunger-Free Communities to learn about the challenges, and proposed solutions, to systems alignment.

For more information about this work, please see the following article: Weida EB, Egan V, Chilton M (2020). How trauma-informed programming to treat social determinants unveils challenges to systems alignment. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. In press.

Last updated on 11/23/2022