National Research Meeting 2019

In February 2019, SIREN, OCHIN, and Kaiser Permanente held the first national conference devoted to research on medical and social care integration in health care delivery settings, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Kaiser Permanente, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dates: February 4-5, 2019
Location: Hilton Portland Downtown, Portland, OR

The “state of the science” meeting featured plenary talks, panel presentations, and small group discussions on cutting edge topics related to both effectiveness research and implementation science.


Slides from the presentations are available through the links in the agenda below.


5:00-7:00pm Conference badge and agenda pick-up (Atrium Foyer)

5:00-7:00pm Welcome Wine & Cheese Reception (Park Room) hosted by OCHIN

DAY 1 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 7:15am - 7:00pm

7:15-8:00am Breakfast and Sign-In (Atrium Foyer)

8:00-8:15am Welcome and Day 1 Overview

8:15-9:00am Opening PlenaryShaping the future of medical and social care integration

Speaker: Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

9:00-10:30am Validity of social health screening tools

Moderator: Alex Krist, MD, MPH, Professor, Fairfax Family Medicine Residency; Co-director, Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, Virginia Commonwealth University


Cara Lewis, PhD, Associate Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, Associate Director, GROW Clinic, Boston Medical Center; Principal Investigator, Children’s Health Watch; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Arvin Garg, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine

10:30-10:45am Break (Pavilion Foyer)

10:45am-12:00pm Acceptability of social health screening to patients and providers

Moderator: Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital


Arwen Bunce, MA, Lead Qualitative Research AssociateOCHIN
Aisha Lofters, MD, CCFP, PhD, Family Physician and Assistant Professor, St. Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto
Emilia De Marchis, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, UCSF School of Medicine

12:00-1:00pm Lunch/Affinity Groups (Pavilion Ballroom)

Affinity Group topics (table moderator):

  • Common Outcome Measures (Seth Berkowitz, MD)
  • Evaluating Health Systems' Community-Level Social Risk Interventions (Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD)
  • Incentives & Payment Models (Tricia McGinnis, MPP, MPH)
  • Impacts on Social Service Agencies (Elena Byhoff, MD, MSc)
  • Improving Implementation Science Related to Social Care (Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH)
  • Research that Supports the Business Case (John Steiner, MD, MPH)

1:00-2:30pm Effectiveness of social screening and referral programs

Moderator: Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, US Preventive Services Task Force Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Seth Berkowitz, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Danielle Hessler, PhD, Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine
Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-4:00pm Should there be common health outcome metrics for social care intervention research?

Moderator: Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF​


Bob Kaplan, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University; Former Chief Science Officer, US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ); Former Associate Director National Institutes of Health
Ashley Wilder Smith, PhD, MPH, Chief, Outcomes Research Branch, Healthcare Delivery Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Neeta Thakur, MD, Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine

4:00-4:15pm Break (Pavilion Foyer)

4:15-5:30pm Engaging patients and community members in social interventions research

Moderator: Damon Francis, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Health Leads


Rachel Smith, Patient Investigator, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Andy F. Beck, MD, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Divisions of General and Community Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Alexander Zsager, Patient Investigator, University of Toronto
Andrew Pinto, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine and Faculty Medicine, University of Toronto

5:30-7:00pm Poster Session and Reception (Pavilion Ballroom)

An opportunity for attendees to network and learn about cutting-edge research.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2019 7:00am-1:00pm (1/2 day)

7:00-7:45am Breakfast (Pavilion Ballroom)

7:45-7:50am Day 2 Overview

7:50-8:45am Morning Plenary: A call for research on health care’s role in identifying and engaging around patients’ social and economic well-being

Introduction: Loel Solomon, PhD, MPP, Vice President for Community Health, Kaiser Permanente

Speaker: Dawn Alley, PhD, Director of the Prevention and Population Health Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

8:45-10:15am Research on implementation of social interventions

Moderator: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Professor of Medicine, UCSF


Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH, Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research; Lead Research Scientist, OCHIN
Stacy Lindau, MD, MA, Professor, University of Chicago
Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH; Medical Director, Family Violence Prevention Program, Kaiser Permanente

10:15-10:30am Break (Pavilion Foyer)

10:30-11:45am Studying incentives and payment models that can support integrated care

Moderator: Pamela Riley, MD, MPH, Medical Director, DC Medicaid


Erika Cottrell, PhD, MPP, Assistant Professor, OHSU Family Medicine; Investigator, OCHIN
Arlene Ash, PhD, Professor, University of Massachusetts
Hugh Alderwick, Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy, The Health Foundation
Bill Wright, PhD, Director, CORE, Providence Health & Services

11:45am-12:00pm Pick up box lunch (Pavilion Foyer)

12:00-1:00pm Closing Keynote Address and Discussion: Immediate and long-term goals for social interventions implementation research

Moderator: Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF​

Speaker: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Professor of Medicine, UCSF

1:30-4:30pm SIREN Advisory Committee Meeting (Pavilion East)