Coffee & Science: Hot Topics in Social and Health Care Integration

Thank You for Joining SIREN Coffee & Science!

SIREN Coffee & Science was a biweekly series of 30-minute conversations between experts in social interventions research, practice, and policy. Our live events featured leaders grappling with thorny issues at the intersection of clinical and social care. You can listen to the conversations on demand at any time by subscribing to our podcast on Apple, StitcherSpotify, or using the links below.

Our events were organized around the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s “Five As Framework”, which defined roles that health care organizations can play in integrating social care. For more on what each of the five “As” means and why SIREN adopted this framework for the series, check out our special introductory podcast episode with Dr. Laura Gottlieb and Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo.

We held the Coffee & Science Wrap Party on December 3rd. If you missed the fun on any of our previous podcasts, you can always listen to the recording via the SIREN Coffee & Science podcast channel (on the web or your favorite podcast app). We want to thank all of our guests, speakers and audience members alike, who joined us every other Friday throughout 2021.

Latest Episodes

To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

SIREN Coffee & Science Wrap Party

On December 3rd, 2021, SIREN organized a special closing event for the 2021 Coffee & Science series. Special guests Bethany Hamilton, JD, and Kelly Doran, MD, shared their own takeaways from the series and asked participants to share favorite episodes and raise big-picture questions about how social care research can be used to move the needle on policy and practice.
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

Why and How a Health Center Created a Social Enterprise

This episode features a conversation between Damon Francis, MD, Medical Director of the Homeless Health Center in the Alameda Health System as well as Chief Clinical Officer of Health Leads, and Noha Aboelata, MD, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Roots Community Health Center in Oakland, California. This is the last in a series of six Coffee & Science events on topics related to Alignment and Advocacy, which are both about what health care can do at the community level to address social conditions. This conversation takes a deep dive into Clean 360, an innovative social enterprise launched by Roots to provide employment and skill-building opportunities to formerly incarcerated community members in order to improve their health and well-being.
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

Using Procurement to Support Sustainable Local Food Systems

This episode features a conversation between Nessia Berner Wong, MPH, Senior Policy Analyst at Change Lab Solutions, and Lauren Poor, MPH, a Regional Program Manager with the Healthy Food in Health Care program at Health Care Without Harm. This is the fifth in a series of six Coffee & Science events on topics related to Alignment and Advocacy, which are both about what health care can do at the community level to address social conditions. This conversation explores Healthcare without Harm’s Anchors in Resilient Communities initiative and how health care organizations can support sustainable food procurement and employment opportunities.
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

Taking Action on Housing as a Political Determinant of Health

This episode features a conversation between Bich Ha Pham, JD, the Director of Communications and Policy at the Healthcare Anchor Network, and Mike Koprowski, MA, Ed.M, who is the National Campaign Director at the National Low Income Housing Coalition. This is the fourth in a series of six Coffee & Science events on topics related to Alignment and Advocacy, which are both about what health care can do at the community level to address social conditions. This conversation explores why and how health care organizations should engage in federal advocacy on issues like housing affordability.
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

Community-Hospital Collaborations to Improve Neighborhoods

This episode features a conversation between Kelly Kelleher, a pediatrician and Vice President for Community Health and Community Health Services Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Reverend John Edgar, who is the Executive Director and Pastor Emeritus at United Methodist Church & Community Development for All People. This is the third in a series of six Coffee & Science events on topics related to Alignment and Advocacy, which are the last two “A”s of the National Academy of Medicine’s framework that SIREN has used to organize Coffee & Science. Alignment and Advocacy are both about what health care can do at the community level to address social conditions. This conversation explores how a children’s hospital and faith-based community development corporation have partnered to improve health and health equity in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio.
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

The Health Care Anchor Model

This episode features a conversation between Wylie Liu, MPH, MPA, Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement at the University of California, San Francisco, and Darlene Oliver Hightower, JD, Vice President, Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center. This is the second in a series of six Coffee & Science events on topics related to Alignment and Advocacy, which are the last two “A”s of the National Academy of Medicine’s framework that SIREN’s used to organize Coffee & Science. Alignment and Advocacy are both about what health care can do at the community level to address social conditions. This conversation explores the pillars of Rush’s healthcare anchor institution model and its health equity work.
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

Clinic-Based Community Organizing to Improve Health Equity

This episode features a conversation between two health center-based community organizers: Hilary Mar Lopez Nichols, from Oregon Health Sciences University Family Medicine Clinic at Richmond, and Toffer Lehnherr, from Partnership Health Center in Missoula, Montana. This is the first in a series of six Coffee & Science events on topics related to Alignment and Advocacy, which are the last two “A”s of the National Academy of Medicine’s framework that SIREN’s used to organize Coffee & Science. Alignment and Advocacy are both about what health care can do at the community level to address social needs. In this conversation, Hilary and Toffer share their experiences with using community organizing in clinical settings to help advance health equity. For resources mentioned in this episode, visit
https://sirenetwork.ucsf.edu/podcast/clinic--based-community-organizing-improve-health-equity
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

Are Real Time Pharmacy Benefits Tools Actually Social Care Adjustments?

This episode features a conversation between Emmy Ganos, PhD, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This session is the last of four talks focused on health care sector efforts to Adjust clinical care based on information about patients’ social circumstances. In this conversation, Emmy and Stacie dive into the implications of real-time pharmacy benefit tools and explore what we know about patient and provider preferences when it comes to conversations about medication costs. For resources mentioned in this episode, visit https://sirenetwork.ucsf.edu/podcast/are-real-time-pharmacy-benefits-tools-actually-social-care-adjustments
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

The Promise and Pitfalls of Adjusting Care to Context

This episode features a conversation between Kedar Mate, MD, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Saul Weiner, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Medical Education, Director of the Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Deputy Director of the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Health Care at the Veterans Health Administration. This session is the third of four talks focused on health care sector efforts to Adjust clinical care based on information about patients’ social circumstances. In this conversation, Kedar and Saul explore the intersection of social care adjustment and the practice of contextualizing care and raise questions about both potential benefits and unintended consequences of implementing contextualized care. For resources mentioned in this episode, visit
https://sirenetwork.ucsf.edu/podcast/Promise-Pitfalls-Adjusting-Care-Context
To Scale or Not to Scale: Social Risk Screening and the US Health Care System

Opportunities for Informatics to Inform Social Care Adjustment Strategies

This episode features a conversation between Julia Adler-Milstein, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research at the University of California, San Francisco and Tiffany Veinot, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education cross-appointed at the School of Information and School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. This session is second of four talks focused on health care sector efforts to Adjust clinical care based on information about patients’ social circumstances. In this conversation, Julia and Tiffany explore the emerging discipline of social care informatics and ways informatics can support care adjustment strategies. For resources mentioned in this episode, visit
https://sirenetwork.ucsf.edu/podcast/opportunities-informatics-inform-social-care-adjustment-strategies