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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 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) .

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SONNET Survey UPDATE: November 2019

A Survey of Basic Resource Needs in KP Members Receiving Subsidized Insurance Coverage: How do they think Kaiser Permanente should support their needs?

By: Leah Tuzzio, MPH (Research Associate - KPWA), Callie Walsh-Bailey, MPH (Doctoral Student, Public Health Sciences at Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis), John F. Steiner, MD, MPH (Investigator - KPCO), Cara C. Lewis, PhD (Associate Clinical Psychologist - KPWA), and Adam L. Sharp, MD, MS (Emergency Physician, Investigator - KPSC)

This report describes the demographics of KP members who completed the survey and the proportion of the members who have basic resource needs compared to the proportion of members who want to receive help with these needs. We also share what kind of help members would like from their health care team and KP.


Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications

Volume 33, Issue 4 | Pages 289-295

The longitudinal relationship between food insecurity in older adults with diabetes and emergency department visits, hospitalizations, hemoglobin A1c, and medication adherence

By: Emily B. Schroeder. MD, PhD, MSPH, Colorado Permanente Medical Group

Differences in diabetes outcomes by food insecurity status were attenuated by adjustment for socioeconomic status. Adverse outcomes in individuals with diabetes and food insecurity may be driven by...


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).



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.

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