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Measuring Social Determinants of Health: State Lessons from Medicaid

02.22.2019

Keywords: Measurement, Quality Improvement, Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), Social Needs

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:

  1. Develop a pilot Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) program
  2. Take cues from state successes
  3. Apply social needs data to the greater population
  4. Consider core elements of effective measurement

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Find additional examples of state-level measurement — along with information on implementing social needs programs — in the full brief from CHCS.

Tags: Data & Evaluation, Fact Sheet/One-Pager, Harnessing Data

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