Pooling and Braiding Funds for Health-Related Social Needs: Lessons from Virginia’s Children’s Services Act

Low-income and at-risk populations often need services and supports outside the scope of a single state agency in order to live productive, healthy lives. State health policymakers seeking to combine funding streams to meet health-related social needs could benefit from learning about Virginia’s long-term experience pooling funds to meet the needs of at-risk youth and families through its Children’s Services Act. Building on NASHP’s previous work exploring the braiding and blending of funding streams as a means of meeting health-related social needs, this brief examines lessons from Virginia about the promise and pitfalls of braiding and blending funding across agencies, and explores whether the state’s model could serve as a roadmap for other states seeking to coordinate funding and services for other populations. 

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Pooling and Braiding infographic.