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SONNET is committed to helping Kaiser Permanente leaders and front-line clinicians design interventions that address the social needs of our members.

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We are a group of researchers evaluators physicians humanitarians from various Kaiser regions and beyond...

Our work is made possible with support from Kaiser Permanente's National Community Health Program

We offer expertise in core methodologies (measurement of social needs and intervention outcomes, health plan staff and community engagement, intervention design, program evaluation and advanced analytics) to assist Kaiser Permanente leaders better design and evaluate interventions that address the social needs of our members. We strive to systematically share our learnings. Read more about Kaiser Permanente's Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET) .

Latest Newsletter: Sharing as we learn

September 28, 2020 | Volume 4, Issue 3

The Impact of the Community Resource Specialist: Integrating a Lay Health Worker to Address Social Needs in Kaiser Permanente Washington clinics

By: Consuelo Marin Norris, MA and Cara C. Lewis, PhD

The mounting prevalence of unmet social needs, such as lack of transportation, nutritious food, and financial strain has a direct effect on our members’ quality of life and health outcomes...


Special: A note from SONNET's director

September 28, 2020 | Volume 4, Issue 4 | Special Message

By: John F. Steiner, MD, MPH

Five years ago, I began discussions with Loel Solomon (then vice president, Community Health and now professor of Health Systems Science in the Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine), Jim Bellows (managing director, Evaluation and Analytics at Kaiser Permanente, Care Management Institute), and Karen Emmons (who then was vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute) about...


Recent Newsletters

2 Mar
Volume 4, Issue 1

Why Look at Social Needs?

>Increasingly, Kaiser Permanente (KP) members are being screened for social needs in the care delivery setting. We are leading the way in addressing social needs in collaboration with community organizations... read more