Social Determinants of Health

Health care's blind side: The overlooked connection between social needs and good health, summary of findings from a survey of America's physicians

November 15, 2011

In a national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey of primary care providers and pediatricians, 85 percent believe that unmet social needs—things like access to nutritious food, reliable transportation and adequate housing—are leading directly to worse health for all Americans. Furthermore, 4 in 5 physicians do not feel confident in their capacity to meet their patients’ social needs, and they believe this impedes their ability to provide quality care.

This is health care’s blind side: Within the current health care system, physicians do not have the time or sufficient staff support to address patients’ social needs.

Webinar Presentation: Social Determinants: Alternative Drivers of Healthcare

August 17, 2017

The health care industry has customarily thought about health care data and individual responsibility as primary influencers of a person’s health outcomes. Organizations are now recognizing that alternative drivers, such as economic status, social factors and physical environment are also key influencers in health outcomes. But, how should organizations leverage social determinants in managing populations? How do they integrate these insights into existing processes to help providers make more informed decisions at an individual and population level?


Jeffrey D. Colvin, MD, JD, University of Missouri-Kansas, Children’s Mercy Hospital and

Tanuj K. Gupta, MD, MBA, Senior Director and Physician Executive, Population Health at Cerner Corporation.

August 17, 2017


Measuring and Improving Postive Social Impact of Health Information Exchange

July 27, 2017

Most agree that HIE’s have the potential to eliminate redundant and often harmful medical procedures. Some suggest that HIE’s are a critical component for any organization offering valued-based care and pop health services.

Many organizations are attempting to show value by measuring the volume of transactions and some are trying to showing how HIE's can create greater efficiencies from a cost savings perspective. These efforts are likely to fall short of what’s truly needed.

Adopting the rigor of a continuous process improvement approach to measure the value of investments is necessary to ensure continued sustainability of HIE's - at the state and community level. This resource can help provide with the basic building blocks to get started and a roadmap to ensure future success

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A Study and Report on the Use of eHealth Tools for Chronic Disease Care Among Socially Disadvantaged Populations

May 18, 2015

Funded by the California Healthcare Foundation, this eHI report examines how eHealth tools can support chronic disease management among socially disadvantaged populations. Four domains of technology are reviewed – telehealth, mobile health, patient web portals, and social media – in the context of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

A Report on the Use of Social Media to Prevent Behavioral Risk Factors Associated with Chronic Disease

May 08, 2015

Funded by the California Healthcare Foundation, this eHI report examines how social media tools and technologies are being utilized by adults to alleviate mental health conditions and prevent behavioral risk factors associated with chronic disease. The report examines the impact of social media and role of online communities in enhancing health promotion and behavior change efforts targeting wellness, healthy eating, and active living across a variety of settings, including occupational, behavioral, personal, clinical, public, and community health.