New Research and Reports
SIREN: (8/20) – This issue brief updates and summarizes the results of a published systematic review of peer-reviewed studies of food insecurity-related interventions in the context of health care delivery settings to help inform health sector food insecurity efforts.
Journal of Health Management & Practice: (8/19) – This study examined whether communities surrounding children’s hospitals are unique with regard to social needs and categorized how children’s hospitals are addressing social needs in their IRS-mandated community benefit work. The study found that children’s hospitals serve communities with greater social needs than average and are more likely to adopt interventions that address broader population health.
CDC: (8/19) – This resource rounds up research by CDC authors on a range of social determinants of health topics, expanding the scientific evidence that will help build the pathway to health equity.
Milbank Memorial Fund: (8/18) –This article provides a review of the opioid literature to propose a novel framework designed to foreground social determinants more directly in the understanding of the opioid national emergency.
Erie News Now: (8/17) – The Pennsylvania COVID-19 Task Force released a report on health disparities in the state, highlighting disparities associated with the social determinants of health and identifying 57 recommendations seeking to tackle disparities in Pennsylvania’s marginalized communities.
SIREN: (8/12) – In this cross-sectional study, researchers recruited participants from a sample of adult caregivers with pediatric patients to complete a validated, two-question screen for food security, and if positive, caregivers were given a direct referral to a partnered community food resource. Of those who screened positive, 54.9 percent opted to receive a direct-referral via phone call to a food resource agency, 31 percent were no longer interested, 10 percent were signed up for SNAP, and 59 percent were referred to local food pantries.
Milbank Memorial Fund: (8/12) – This case study on supporting meaningful engagement through community advisory councils examines what has made them and the resulting consumer engagement so successful.
Medical-Legal Partnership: (8/11) – This issue brief provides examples of how health centers in Iowa, Montana and Texas are leveraging the EHR to complement their screening for social needs as well as to increase their capacity to delivery targeted medical-legal partnership related interventions.
eHIDC: (8/10) – This report outlines collaborative initiatives currently deployed by pharmaceutical manufacturers and payers to address social determinants of health during COVID.
CDC: (8/7) – A report published by the CDC found that Black and Hispanic children are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with higher case rates, hospitalizations and virus-related complications, reinforcing the effect of race on health outcomes and how COVID-19 has exacerbated these disparities.
Milbank Memorial Fund: (8/5) – New research published in the Milbank Quarterly examined how changes in state policy environments contributed to US life expectancy trends from 1970 to 2014, with this article summarizing the results of the study and highlighting potential opportunities for states to improve life expectancy.
N4A: (August) – N4A has released the National Survey on Area Agencies on Aging 2020 Report and Toolkit, which tracks and documents key trends and issues facing AAAs and provides insights into how they are adapting to meet the needs of older adults in their communities.
SIREN: (August) – This study examined the perspectives, resources, role, and services provided by CBOs in response to the integration of health and social services, finding that failing to build a strong cross-sector screening and referral infrastructure that integrate health and social services could undermine the goal of improving population health through clinical and social are integration.
Healthify: (August) – Healthify released an issue brief laying a framework for quantifying return-on-investment associated with SDOH interventions and how to continually track the impacts of CBO’s social need interventions, as well as how this data fits into the steps of building an integrated care network.
SIREN: (August) – Assessing the impact of a fruit and vegetable prescription program in young Navajo children, researchers found that the proportion of participant households reporting food insecurity significantly decreased from 82 percent to 65 percent and of the number of children classified as overweight or obese at the baseline, 38 percent achieved a healthy BMI z score at program completion.
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: (September/October Volume) –This study found that Housing First Programs in the US and Canada decreased homelessness by 88 percent and improved housing stability by 41 percent. For patients living with HIV, Housing First Programs reduced homelessness by 37 percent, viral load by 22 percent, depression by 13 percent, emergency departments use by 41 percent, hospitalization by 36 percent, and mortality by 37 percent.