Addressing social needs can be overwhelming for some health care organizations, but leaders shouldn’t feel like they have to tackle this issue alone. The California Improvement Network’s (CIN’s) latest CIN Connections report, Beyond the Exam Room: Social Needs That Impact Health, features actionable information to address social needs. This includes six lessons from Kaiser Permanente, case studies from three leading organizations, and a resource page with tools and information to help leaders address social needs and implement cutting-edge initiatives in their own organizations.
Top Six Lessons in Addressing Social Needs
- Storytelling can help achieve buy-in.
- Demonstrating return on investment is difficult, but necessary.
- Addressing social needs may require reorganizing teams.
- Building partnerships is integral to success.
- Implementing codesign is essential.
- Transformation can be incremental. Starting small is OK.
Why I Value CIN
CIN is valuable as a place for resources, learning, reflection, and connection, according to CIN partners. At its June meeting, partners were asked what they value most about CIN. This video highlights some of their answers.
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