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

Coffee & Science "Assistance" series begins April 9th

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

Our events are 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.

Starting April 9, SIREN Coffee & Science kicks off a new cycle of six biweekly talks tackling rich topics related to providing “Assistance,” health care sector activities that reduce social risk by connecting patients with relevant social services. We hope you will join us for these upcoming conversations, all on Fridays from 9:30-10am Pacific (12:30-1pm Eastern):

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Latest Episodes

Challenging Racist Systems, Processes, and Analyses in Social Care

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This episode features a conversation between Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and co-lead principal investigator with Children’s Health Watch, and Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who is the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust and most recently, co-developed THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, a national campaign to bring information about the COVID vaccines directly to Black communities. This session is the second in a series focused on health care sector efforts to provide Assistance to patients to reduce their social risks. Megan and Rhea explore the ways in which social inequality has been encoded and medicalized in the conceptualization of social care and challenge us to think differently about what “health equity” means.
Community Health Workers and Social Care Integration

Community Health Workers and Social Care Integration

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This episode is the first in a set of six Coffee and Science conversations on Assistance—health care sector activities that aim to reduce social risk by providing or linking patients with relevant social services. Nadia Islam, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone, speaks with Maria Lemus, the executive director of Visión y Compromiso, an organization created and led by promotores that supports work to improve both individual and community wellbeing. Nadia and Maria explore the potential risks and benefits of formalizing roles for community health workers and promotores in the health care sector’s social care workforce.
Bonus Episode: Awareness Afterparty

Bonus Episode: Awareness Afterparty

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This bonus episode is a special addendum to the first five episodes, which all focused on health care sector efforts to increase Awareness about both patient and community-level social conditions. Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH, SIREN Director and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF chats with SIREN Advisor Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pediatric emergency physician at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Social Risks vs. Social Needs: Assessing Patients' Interest in Assistance

Social Risks vs. Social Needs: Assessing Patients' Interest in Assistance

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This episode is the final in a series of five conversations focused on health care sector efforts to increase Awareness about both patient and community-level social conditions. Minal Patel, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, speaks with Emilia De Marchis, MD, MAS, an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, a family physician, and a member of the SIREN research team. Minal and Emilia explore a wide range of reasons why patients who screen positive for a social risk may not desire related assistance from the health care team. They also discuss how staff and provider training might influence patient interest in assistance interventions.
Social Risks vs. Social Needs: Assessing Patients' Interest in Assistance

Building Accountability for Social Risk Screening into State Medicaid Programs

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Sarah DeSilvey, DNP, FNP-C, social determinants of health clinical informatics director of the Gravity Project, and faculty at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine speaks with Michael Bailit, MBA, founder of Bailit Health, a consulting firm dedicated to ensuring insurer and provider performance accountability. This conversation is the fourth in a series focused on health care sector efforts to increase Awareness about both patient and community-level social conditions. Sarah and Michael share design considerations from state Medicaid agencies weighing the use of quality measures for social risk screening.
Social Risks vs. Social Needs: Assessing Patients' Interest in Assistance

Understanding Patients’ Perspectives on Social Risk Screening

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Elena Byhoff, MD, MSc, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine speaks with David Schleifer, PhD, the director of research at Public Agenda, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and public engagement organization. This conversation is the third in a series focused on health care sector efforts to increase Awareness about both patient and community-level social conditions. Drs. Byhoff and Schleifer discuss their respective research studies examining patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives about the acceptability of social risk screening in the context of clinical care settings and explore the common question, “Should I screen for a social need I can’t address?”
Social Risks vs. Social Needs: Assessing Patients' Interest in Assistance

The Intersection of Racism, Discrimination, and Social Risk Screening in Clinical Settings

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Dr. Toyin Ajayi, Co-founder and Chief Health Officer at Cityblock Health speaks with Dr. Monica Peek, associate professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. This conversation is the second in a series focused on health care sector efforts to increase Awareness about both patient and community-level social conditions. Drs. Ajayi and Peek discuss concerns structurally marginalized people may have in spaces like health care in and outside the context of social risk screening and explore ways health care organizations can earn trust and build rapport with patients of color.
Social Risks vs. Social Needs: Assessing Patients' Interest in Assistance

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

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Dr. Anand Shah, Vice President of Social Health at Kaiser Permanente speaks with Dr. Stacy Lindau, tenured professor at the University of Chicago, founder of NowPow, and president of MAPSCorps. This conversation is the first of several conversations about health care sector efforts to increase Awareness about both patient and community-level social conditions. Dr. Shah and Dr. Lindau share why whole person care matters to them personally and delve into the opportunities and challenges to taking social risk screening to scale.
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Introducing the SIREN Coffee & Science Series: The NASEM Social Care Framework

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What is this conversation series all about? What are the “five As” of social and medical care integration? How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing how health care systems see their roles and responsibilities related to the integration of social and medical care delivery? SIREN Director Dr. Laura Gottlieb introduces SIREN’s new biweekly conversation series and interviews Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity in the UCSF School of Medicine, and Chair of the National Academy of Medicine Ad-Hoc Committee on Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care.