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
SONNET is committed to helping Kaiser Permanente leaders and front-line clinicians design interventions that address the social needs of our members.
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 learnFebruary 14, 2019 | Volume 3, Issue 2
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.
Issue Brief: September 2018
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
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.
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
Based on interviews and focus groups with 68 members and family caregivers, as well as 90 clinicians and staff in the KP Colorado, Georgia, Northern California, Northwest, and Southern California regions, we found... read more