Validity of social health screening tools

Day 1 (Feb 4), 9 - 10:30am 

Session Description

The goal of this panel is a) to explore existing evidence on the validity of single and multi-domain social screening tools; and b) to discuss research needed to influence implementation and scaling of social screening.



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

Alex Krist, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Family Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond Virginia and a practicing family physician and teacher at the Fairfax Family Practice residency. Dr. Krist is a co-director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN), a collection of over 300 primary care practices, throughout Virginia that collaborate to do research that matters to primary care. He is also a member and Vice Chair of the U.S Preventive Services Task Force.

Presentation: PDF icon"What Would It Take for the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to Recommend Routine Screening for Social Determinants of Health?"



Cara Lewis, PhD, Associate Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Dr. Lewis is a clinical psychologist, associate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and affiliate faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is a Beck Scholar and Past President of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. Her research focuses on advancing pragmatic and rigorous measures and methods for implementation science and practice and mobilizing implementation science to address social determinants of health.

Presentation: PDF icon"What’s the Evidence? Why Does Validity Even Matter? A Systematic Review & Quality Assessment of Multidomain Social Needs Screening Tools"


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

Dr. Sandel, MD, MPH, is the Associate Director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center, a Principal Investigator with Children’s Health Watch and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Sandel is the former pediatric medical director of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless program, and is a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health.

Presentation: PDF icon"Food and Housing Insecurity and Health"

Arvin Garg, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Garg is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). He is also Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He focuses his research and advocacy on addressing the social determinants of health within the delivery of medical care.

Presentation: PDF icon"Is There Potential Harm Screening for Social Determinants of Health?"

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