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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 form Kaiser Permanente's National Community Health Program

We want to make Kaiser Permanente's data and resources more accessible to KP leaders to help inform evaluations and use advanced analytics to target SEBN interventions towards members who are in need. We will systematically share our learnings in order that we can collectively scale up what works, and stop what doesn't work. Read more about Kaiser Permanente's Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET) .

Latest Newsletter: Sharing as we learn

February 14, 2019 | Volume 3, Issue 2

Better Opportunities for Physical Activity at Work and Home Have Positive Effects on Body Mass Index

By: Douglas W. Roblin, PhD, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute and Kristina H. Lewis , MD MPH SM, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Obesity now affects one third of Americans (1) and gives rise to or worsens chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and sleep apnea (2).

Recent Webinars!

Social needs programs across KP: findings and recommendations from a scoping review

Lead investigator, John F. Steiner, MD, MPH, shares findings and recommendations from SONNET’s Scoping Review of 30+ programs administered across KP regions (2013-2018), addressing social, economic, and behavioral needs.

Recordings: November 1, 2018 and November 5, 2018 (Click a date to view webex recording)
Note: Both webinars covered the same content.

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Issue Brief: September 2018

Predictive Models for Social Determinants of Health in KP Members and Communities

In this Issue Brief, a working group of SONNET investigators and colleagues from other KP departments discusses the role of predictive analytics in identifying basic resource needs and assessing their effect on health outcomes. We define predictive analytics as the development of statistical models “combining a number of characteristics (e.g. related to the patient, the disease, or treatment) to predict a diagnostic or prognostic outcome” (Amarasingham, 2014), Throughout, we highlight approaches to conduct predictive analytics at both the individual (member) level and the community level.

Scoping Review: October 2018

Interventions to Identify and Address Basic Resource Needs in Kaiser Permanente Members

Social, economic and behavioral needs (SEBN) are critical determinants of health. Among the many domains of SEBN, the ability to fulfill basic resource needs (housing, food, transportation, energy/utilities, and health care costs) is fundamental to health and well-being. Kaiser Permanente (KP) leadership has committed to addressing these basic resource needs in its 12 million members, and the KP system has responded by developing programs to identify and mitigate those needs across its eight geographic regions. To accomplish this ambitious goal, KP collaborates actively with community organizations that provide basic resources. This scoping review synthesizes evidence from KP-based interventions that have addressed basic resource needs between 2013-2018. The report was prepared by the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET), a consortium of researchers supported by KP Community Health.

Recent Newsletters

10 Sep
Volume 3, Issue 1

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) excellence is attributed to its innovative delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care. KP is rapidly increasing its attention to the non-medical social determinants of health. To remain at the cutting edge of health care, KP and other health care systems must look outside the walls of our hospitals and clinics... read more

10 Dec
Volume 2, Issue 5

Pathways to Identify Basic Resource Needs

In the process of developing an inventory of programs to identify and mitigate these basic resource needs within KP, the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET) identified 4 pathways that help identify a member who is contending with one or more of these needs... read more