Pediatric Academic Societies 2017 Annual Meeting Recap from Laura Gottlieb, SIREN Director

May 18, 2017
Laura Gottlieb
I was thrilled to see that the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Francisco May 6-9 had a very strong showing for social prescribing* research. There were over 50 posters and presentations related to social determinants of health at this year’s conference, the majority of which focused on...


June 2017 Research Round-Up

Jun 20, 2017
Impact of a Patient Navigator Program on Hospital-Based and Outpatient Utilization Over 180 Days in a Safety-Net Health System R.B. Balaban, F. Zhang, C.E. Vialle-Valentin, et al. Journal of General Internal Medicine The authors of this paper evaluated a post-hospital discharge outreach program in...

CMS Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool Now Publicly Available

Jun 02, 2017
Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD
On May 30, 2017, CMMI released the core questions from the CMS Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool that will be used in the Accountable Health Communities model . As described in this National Academies of Medicine paper ( CMS Core Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool) , the tool uses...

May 2017 Research Round-Up

May 25, 2017
The monthly cycle of hypoglycemia: An observational claims-based study of emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and costs in a commercially insured population S. Basu, S.A. Berkowitz, H. Seligman Medical Care Using claims data for close to 600,000 individuals, the authors estimate that...

April 2017 Research Round-Up

Apr 11, 2017
Below is a list of recently published research related to integrating social and medical care. These can also be found in our Evidence Library . Food insecurity screening in pediatric primary care: Can offering referrals help identify families in need? C.J. Bottino, E.T. Rhodes, J.E. Cox, E.W...

Twitter Interview with Director Dr. Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH

Apr 07, 2017
Below is the transcript for the incredibly insightful and informative interview we had with SIREN Director Dr. Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH. Check it out on Twitter by searching #SIRENAsks. @SIREN_UCSF : Welcome to SIREN’s 1st #SIRENAsks Interview. Our 1st guest is SIREN Director Laura Gottlieb @...

March 2017 Research Round-Up

Mar 21, 2017
Each month, our newsletter will include a list of the most recent articles and reports published in the field. Below are articles published since Jan 1, 2017. See more articles like these in the searchable SIREN Evidence Library . Hospital readmission and social risk factors identified from...

Introducing the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN)

Feb 27, 2017
SIREN was created in the spring of 2016 to respond to the need for more rigorous evidence on the impacts of clinical interventions addressing patients’ social needs. Housed at the University of California, San Francisco, SIREN will: Collect, summarize, and disseminate relevant research resources...

SIREN researchers provide recommendations for evaluation of CMMI’s Accountable Health Communities (AHC) initiative

Feb 10, 2017
The evaluation of CMMI’s Accountable Health Communities – a demonstration project that will test the impact of addressing patient’s social needs on health, utilization and cost outcomes – provides an important opportunity to answer critical questions about the effectiveness of medical and social...

Inaugural National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Conference held Dec 7-9, 2016

Dec 12, 2016
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs was launched in late 2016 to serve as a national hub for innovation to better meet the needs of patients with complex health and social needs who are often ill-served by the current system of care. The center’s inaugural conference, Putting...

The Root Cause Coalition’s First Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health held Dec 5-6, 2016

Dec 07, 2016
More than 400 leaders from healthcare, community-based nonprofits, businesses, the media, government and the faith community gathered on December 5 and 6, 2016 in Chicago for The Root Cause Coalition’s First Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health . The event provided a forum for...