|Health and Psychosocial Needs of Older Adults Who Are Experiencing Homelessness Following Hospital Discharge
S.L Canham, K. Custodio, C. Mauboules, C. Good, & H. Bosma
This Canadian qualitative study describes the unique needs and vulnerabilities older people experiencing homelessness have upon hospital discharge and explores perceptions of the current services available to them.
Making Connections: Understanding How Screening, Triage, and Referral Processes Can Promote Veteran Housing Stability
M. Cusack, A.E. Montgomery, N. Hunt-Johnson, M. Dichter, & G. True
Social Work in Public Health
In this EMR data review study, veterans who screened positive for housing instability in the VHA did not consistently reach triage or referral services for assistance with their housing issue. Conversely, the majority of veterans presenting for referral services had screened negative for housing instability in the previous 90 days.
Incorporating Social Determinants of Health in Electronic Health Records: Qualitative Study of Current Practices Among Top Vendors
M. Freij, P. Dullabh, S. Lewis, et al.
JMIR Medical Informatics
The authors interviewed six EHR vendors to investigate the development of EHR-based software that allow health care providers to identify and address patients’ SDH in health care settings. Vendors viewed SDH as an area of growth, ranged in the number and size of related products, and expressed willingness to collaboratively discuss policy solutions.
Social Determinants of Health: What's a Healthcare System to Do?
L. Gottlieb, C. Fichtenberg, H. Alderwick, & N. Adler
Journal of Healthcare Management
This commentary describes four complementary strategies that healthcare leaders can pursue to intervene on social adversity.
Fruit and Vegetable Prescriptions for Pediatric Patients in Flint, Michigan: Program Development, Methods, and Baseline Characteristics
A. Saxe-Custack, M. Hanna-Attisha, & K. Zvoch
Current Developments in Nutrition
This baseline assessment of a fruit and vegetable prescription program for pediatric patients in Flint, Michigan found high prevalence of food insecurity and deficiencies in fruit/vegetable intake among participating families.
Impact of Social Needs Navigation on Utilization Among High Utilizers in a Large Integrated Health System: A Quasi-Experimental Study
A. Schickedanz, A. Sharp, Y.R. Hu, et al.
Journal of General Internal Medicine
A difference-in-differences evaluation of a telephonic social needs screening and navigation program found a small decrease in health care utilization overall, with larger decreases among low–socioeconomic status patients .
Social and Mental Health Care integration: The Leading Edge
L. Shields-Zeeman, C. Lewis, & L. Gottlieb
This commentary outlines three avenues for mental health professionals to advance the systematic use of social risk informed and targeted care: leveraging integrated care models, clarifying and augmenting payment models, and developing training and education.
To Improve Outcomes, Health Systems Invest in Affordable Housing
This piece chronicles how health care networks are helping expand access to stable housing and supportive services in Portland, Oregon.
The Baltimore Community-Based Organizations Neighborhood Network: Enhancing Capacity Together (CONNECT) Cluster RCT
A.W. Wu, C.M. Weston, C.A. Ibe, et al.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
This cluster RCT evaluated a program combining an online tool (Healthify) to help refer clients to community resources, meet-and-greet sessions between CBO staff and healthcare staff, and technical assistance. The intervention was not found to have a statistically significant effect on healthcare utilization outcomes, CBO client outcomes, or CBO staff outcomes.