• Social Needs Interventions
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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) .

New Product!
SONNET Survey Results: June 2019

Results from a Sample of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Members

By: Cara C. Lewis, PhD, Associate Clinical Psychologist at KPWA, Ella E. Thompson, Project Manager at KPWA, and Adam L. Sharp, MD, MS, Emergency Physician, Investigator at KPSC's Department of Research & Evaluation

In this report, we focus on four basic resource needs (housing, food, transportation, and utilities), and describe: 1) the prevalence of those needs in the last 3 months; 2) members’ desire for assistance from KP in addressing those needs; 3) and the extent to which KP has helped them address these needs. We randomly selected over 1,000 members with a subsidy from the Southern California region. An equal number of members ages 18-30, 30-64 and 65+ were invited to participate. The majority of participants who received subsidized insurance and were aged 65 and over were transitioning to Medicare; a minority retained a subsidized plan.

NEW Publication:
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).

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.

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