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INTEGRATING
SOCIAL CARE INTO THE
DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE

MOVING UPSTREAM TO
IMPROVE THE NATION’S HEALTH

Committee on Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of
Health Care to Improve the Nation’s Health

Board on Health Care Services

Health and Medicine Division

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This activity was supported by agreements between the National Academy of Sciences and Archstone Foundation; Association of Oncology Social Work; Bader Philanthropies; Chicago Community Trust; Community Memorial Foundation; Council on Social Work Education; Episcopal Health Foundation; Health Foundation of Western and Central New York; Healthy Communities Foundation; Helen Rehr Center for Social Work Practice; Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation; Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit; National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and NASW Foundation; New York Community Trust; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; SCAN Foundation; and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care.

Additional support was obtained from the Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health social work academic program match campaign. Contributing academic programs were Adelphi University School of Social Work; Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work; Binghamton University SUNY College of Community and Public Affairs Department of Social Work; Boston College School of Social Work; Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis; California Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work Programs; Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; Clark Atlanta University Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work; Colorado State University–Pueblo Department of Social Work; Colorado State University School of Social Work; Columbia University School of Social Work; Erikson Institute Graduate School in Child Development; Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service; Georgia State University School of Social Work; Howard University School of Social Work; Long Island University Social Work, Brooklyn and Post campuses; Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work; Monmouth University School of Social Work; New York State Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work; New York University Silver School of Social Work; North Carolina State University School of Social Work; Portland State University School of Social Work; Rutgers University School of Social Work; Saint Louis University School of Social Work; Salem State University School of Social Work; San Diego State University School of Social Work; Simmons University School of Social Work; Smith College School for Social Work; Springfield College School of Social Work; St. Louis Group for Excellence in Social Work Research and Education; Stephen F. Austin State University School of School Work; SUNY Stony Brook School of Social Welfare; The Ohio State University College of Social Work; The University of Alabama School of Social Work; The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Center for Health Administration Studies; The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work; The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work; The University of Utah College of Social Work; University at Albany SUNY School of Social Welfare; University at Buffalo SUNY School of Social Work; University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare; University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs Department of Social Welfare; University of Cincinnati School of Social Work; University of Connecticut

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School of Social Work; University of Georgia School of Social Work; University of Hawaii at Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work; University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work; University of Kentucky College of Social Work; University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work; University of Maryland School of Social Work; University of Michigan School of Social Work; University of Missouri School of Social Work; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work; University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Social Work; University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Center for Social Work in Healthcare; University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work; University of South Carolina College of Social Work; University of South Florida School of Social Work; University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak–Peck School of Social Work; University of Washington School of Social Work; University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare; University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Department of Social Work; and Westfield State University Department of Social Work. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.

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COMMITTEE ON INTEGRATING SOCIAL NEEDS CARE INTO THE DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE TO IMPROVE THE NATION’S HEALTH

KIRSTEN BIBBINS-DOMINGO (Chair), Lee Goldman, M.D., Endowed Chair in Medicine; Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco

TOYIN AJAYI, Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

TAMARA CADET, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Simmons University

LISA A. COOPER, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, James F. Fries Professor of Medicine, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health

KAREN DeSALVO, Professor of Medicine, The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School

CHRIS ESGUERRA, Senior Medical Director, Blue Shield of California

JANET C. FRANK, Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty Associate, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Policy Research, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

RACHEL GOLD, Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research and Lead Research Scientist, OCHIN

ROBYN GOLDEN, Associate Vice President, Population Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center

LAURA GOTTLIEB, Director, Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

SEAN JOE, Benjamin E. Youngdhal Professor of Social Development, Brown School, Washington University in Saint Louis

CHRISTOPHER KOLLER, President, Milbank Memorial Fund

CINDY MANN, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

DIANA J. MASON, Senior Policy Service Professor, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, School of Nursing, The George Washington University

KEDAR MATE, Chief Innovation and Education Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

EDWARD SALSBERG, Director of Health Workforce Studies, Health Workforce Institute, The George Washington University

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ELIZABETH CUERVO TILSON, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

KEEGAN WARREN-CLEM, Director, Austin Medical–Legal Partnership, Texas Legal Services Center and People’s Community Clinic

Study Staff

ABIGAIL MITCHELL, Study Director

MEGAN KEARNEY, Associate Program Officer

ANNALEE GONZALES, Administrative Assistant

MICAH WINOGRAD, Financial Officer

SHARYL NASS, Director, Board on Health Care Services

Consultants

AMBER HALEY, Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ALLISON MYERS, Director, Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation

Editorial Consultant

ROBERT POOL

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Reviewers

This Consensus Study Report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

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Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations of this report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was overseen by SUSAN CURRY, The University of Iowa, and BRADFORD H. GRAY, Urban Institute. They were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies.

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Acknowledgments

We, the members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care to Improve the Nation’s Health, wish to express our sincere gratitude to the many individuals and groups who helped with this report.

Our work would not have been possible without the generosity of the sponsors. We would like to thank Archstone Foundation; Association of Oncology Social Work; Bader Philanthropies; Chicago Community Trust; Community Memorial Foundation; Council on Social Work Education; Episcopal Health Foundation; Health Foundation of Western and Central New York; Healthy Communities Foundation; Helen Rehr Center for Social Work Practice; Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation; Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit; National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and NASW Foundation; New York Community Trust; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; SCAN Foundation; and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. We also would like to thank the social work academic programs that contributed to this work through a match campaign sponsored by the Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health:

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California Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work Programs

Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Clark Atlanta University Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work

Colorado State University–Pueblo Department of Social Work

Colorado State University School of Social Work

Columbia University School of Social Work

Erikson Institute Graduate School in Child Development

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

Georgia State University School of Social Work

Howard University School of Social Work

Long Island University Social Work, Brooklyn and Post campuses

Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

Monmouth University School of Social Work

New York State Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work

New York University Silver School of Social Work

North Carolina State University School of Social Work

Portland State University School of Social Work

Rutgers University School of Social Work

Saint Louis University School of Social Work

Salem State University School of Social Work

San Diego State University School of Social Work

Simmons University School of Social Work

Smith College School for Social Work

Springfield College School of Social Work

St. Louis Group for Excellence in Social Work Research and Education

Stephen F. Austin State University School of School Work

SUNY Stony Brook School of Social Welfare

The Ohio State University College of Social Work

The University of Alabama School of Social Work

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Center for Health Administration Studies

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work

The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

The University of Utah College of Social Work

University at Albany SUNY School of Social Welfare

University at Buffalo SUNY School of Social Work

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare

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University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs Department of Social Welfare

University of Cincinnati School of Social Work

University of Connecticut School of Social Work

University of Georgia School of Social Work

University of Hawaii at Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work

University of Kentucky College of Social Work

University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work

University of Maryland School of Social Work

University of Michigan School of Social Work

University of Missouri School of Social Work

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work

University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Social Work

University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Center for Social Work in Healthcare

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

University of South Carolina College of Social Work

University of South Florida School of Social Work

University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak–Peck School of Social Work

University of Washington School of Social Work

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Department of Social Work

Westfield State University Department of Social Work

We are grateful to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and to the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program for providing financial support for report dissemination and communications efforts.

Over the course of the study, we received valuable information and insight from a number of individuals with expertise in fields related to health-related social care. Thank you to the presenters at our public meetings:

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Kelly Craig, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Jolene Fassbinder, Archstone Foundation

Kathryn Haslanger, JASA

Reverend Debra Hickman, Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc.

Kristie Kulinski, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Natasha Lifton, New York Community Trust

Angelo McClain, National Association of Social Workers

Susan Mende, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Tim Rehner, School of Social Work, The University of Southern Mississippi

Susan Reinhard, AARP Public Policy Institute

Victoria M. Rizzo, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany SUNY

Walter Rosenberg, Social Work and Community Health, Rush University Medical Center

Loel Solomon, Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit

Laura Taylor, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Roberta Waite, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University and Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Service

Michelle M. Washko, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Randi Woods, Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc.

We also thank Dave Chokshi, NYC Health + Hospitals, and Louise Cohen and Riley Moreen, Primary Care Development Corporation, for providing information to the committee at its request.

We appreciate the considerable efforts of Bonnie Ewald, Rush University Medical Center, and of the Social Work in Health Care Leadership Workgroup convened by the Center for Health and Social Care Integration, who were instrumental in conceiving the idea for the study and working to move it forward. In addition to the study staff, we would like to thank National Academies’ staff members Daniel Bearss1 and Jorge Mendoza-Torres for their research assistance, Kyra Cappelucci and Greta Gorman for their oversight of report communications efforts, and Karen Helsing for her assistance with fundraising for the study.

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1 Daniel Bearss passed away on July 5, 2019. A senior librarian at the National Academies since 2005, his assistance with literature searches and other research for this report was invaluable.

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Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health examines the potential for integrating services addressing social needs and the social determinants of health into the delivery of health care to achieve better health outcomes. This report assesses approaches to social care integration currently being taken by health care providers and systems, and new or emerging approaches and opportunities; current roles in such integration by different disciplines and organizations, and new or emerging roles and types of providers; and current and emerging efforts to design health care systems to improve the nation's health and reduce health inequities.

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