National Initiatives

The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs is catalyzing the emerging field of complex care.

Through the Camden Coalition’s National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (National Center), our organization has a bold mission to build the field of complex care and transform care delivery for people with complex health and social needs across the country. We do this by inspiring, connecting, and supporting an evolving community of complex care practitioners and leaders. These providers, healthcare systems, social service organizations, and individuals with lived experience are working to develop equitable, person-centered, relationship based ecosystems of care.

This work depends on coalition-building initiatives that foster collaboration and partnership across providers, sectors, systems, and communities. Our National Center builds partnerships and coalitions to strengthen the field of complex care. Launched in 2016, the National Center exists to inspire people to join the complex care community, connect complex care practitioners with each other, and support the field with tools and resources that move our complex care recommendations forward.

The National Center’s main field and coalition-building activities are:

The National Center’s annual conference, Putting Care at the Center, is the Camden Coalition’s largest convening event and brings together innovators and advocates for healthcare delivery reform from across the country to meet, network, and create shared action for the field.


Putting Care at the Center 2021 will also be held virtually over three half-days, October 20-22, 2021. Registration is open now for Putting Care at the Center 2021 on our conference website. Early bird discounts will be available through August 1.

The Blueprint for Complex Care provides a collective strategy for advancing and strengthening the complex care field. It was published in December 2018 as a part of a partnership between the National Center, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Center for Health Care Strategies. The Blueprint for Complex Care defines complex care, assesses the current state of the field of complex care, and provides recommendations for how to build on existing efforts to serve people with complex health and social needs.

The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative (Student Hotspotting) is an annual program that trains interprofessional teams of professional students from schools around the country to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach. The Student Hotspotting program is part of our efforts to educate and provide mentorship for the next generation of healthcare professionals.

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