In their brief for the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), Anna Spencer, Bianca Freda, Tricia McGinnis and Laura Gottlieb offer a host of recommendations on the measurement and evaluation of social needs interventions. Based on lessons learned from state-level efforts, these key insights can help healthcare delivery organizations develop their own data collection initiatives.
Among their key takeaways:
- Develop a pilot Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) program
- Take cues from state successes
- Apply social needs data to the greater population
- Consider core elements of effective measurement
Find additional examples of state-level measurement — along with information on implementing social needs programs — in the full brief from CHCS.