Identifying and Addressing Social Needs for Members with High Medical Cost: The KP Southern California Health Leads Pilot

Volume 1 Issue 1

Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) collaborated with Health Leads to implement a social needs screening and referral program in three service areas from November 2015 through March 2017. Health Leads is a non-profit organization committed to designing and implementing social needs programs in clinical settings. [...]

Researchers Study How Community Health Centers Can Use EHRs to Track and Act on Patients’ Social Determinants of Health

Volume 1 Issue 2

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente NW’s Center for Health Research have been studying how to help safety net community health centers (CHCs) use electronic health records (EHRs) to identify, review and act on patients’ social determinants of health (SDH) needs. Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH, is leading this work in partnership with OCHIN, Inc. [...]

Concurrent Social Needs in Elderly KP Members with Food Insecurity

Volume 1 Issue 3

Many clinical and operational teams in Kaiser Permanente are identifying KP members with basic resource needs such as food insecurity, unstable housing, inadequate transportation, and barriers to paying for utilities and health care costs. These teams often ask whether they should focus on a single resource need, or whether they should be asking about multiple needs. [...]

Toward Achieving Total Health: Developing a Health System to Address Social Determinants of Health Needs

Volume 1 Issue 4 | (Story 1 of 2)

Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) is committed to providing high quality, patient-centered care. As part of this commitment, KPNW has implemented efforts to identify and address the social determinants of health (SDH)—such as food insecurity, inadequate housing and financial hardship—that affect members’ health. [...]

Kaiser Permanente’s Social Services Resource Locator (SSRL) Update

Volume 1 Issue 4 | (Story 2 of 2)

At least four million Kaiser Permanente (KP) members live at or below 250% of the federal poverty level, creating challenges for them to make ends meet. Addressing our members’ most pressing basic needs such as food, transportation, and housing is a critical component of many key KP strategies regionally and nationally. [...]