In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, Health Leads convened a working group of 23 visionary leaders in 2015 dedicated to addressing social determinants of health in hospitals, neighborhood clinics and primary care practices across the country. The outcomes of this meeting included a shared pledge to identify and address individuals’ essential human needs as a standard part of quality care and an influential, aligned network committed to creating real change in the healthcare sector.

Roadmap Brochure_ThumbnailAmong the first steps in the work-group’s significant effort was the development of a framework to guide and support fellow health system and community leaders working to establish or expand effective social needs interventions. The resulting Social Needs Roadmap offers a compelling blueprint for healthcare systems taking steps on the path to addressing patients’ essential needs as a standard part of quality care.

In the coming months, it will become an online gateway to curated best practices and implementation guidance as well as peer-to-peer networking focused on building our collective wisdom about addressing essential human needs as a standard part of quality care.

The Social Needs Roadmap is firmly rooted in shared learning, and we commit to improving and strengthening this framework over time – in partnership with you. Please don’t hesitate to weigh in with your insight and ideas by reaching out to

Roadmap Contributors and Inaugural Partners

Aurora Health Care
Baystate Health
Boston Medical Center
Boston Public Health Commission
Catholic Health Initiatives
Center for Health Care Strategies
Children’s Health
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Contra Costa Health Services
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Dignity Health
Fort Health Care
Gunderson Health System
Health Partners
Henry Ford Health System
Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin
Kaiser Permanente
Kentucky One Health
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

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