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MLPB’s Aging and Health Related Social Needs (HRSN) Learning-and-Action Lab (the “Lab”) is a two-phased initiative designed to inform and improve clinic-based HRSN screening, referral, and problem-solving strategies impacting older adults who live in Rhode Island. Through generous funding from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island* the Lab explores how the screening experience of RI-based older adults (age 55 and over) can be enhanced, and how care teams and insurers can be more responsive to patients’ goals.
*Support provided through the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Community Health donor advised fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.RI Aging & HRSN Learning-and-Action Lab Phase I Report
This month a new DULCE paper was published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Entitled Cross-Sector Approach Expands Screening and Addresses Health-Related Social Needs in Primary Care, the paper presents data collected at 5 DULCE sites that shows:
- an increase in family engagement with well-child visits; and
- reliable detection of, and responses to, health-related social needs disclosed by families.
Addressing Health-Related Social Needs
Meeting people’s health-related social needs (HRSN) has always mattered. Under any conditions, the health of individuals, families and communities hinges substantially on stable access to safe, healthy, and affordable housing; to reliable heat, lights, water, internet and phone service; to nutritious food; to transportation resources; to protection from violence, abuse, and exploitation; and much more.
MLPB launched this open-access Digital Digest at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to help care teams access information to help meet their health-related social needs. The need for accurate information persists even as the pandemic has waned. This tool:
- Curates evolving information and resources in key domains of health-related social need
- Translates what these developments mean for people and the communities of care who partner with them
- Offers projections on how things might continue to change
- Spotlights key federal (nation-wide) themes in resources, benefits and legal protections as well as state-specific information for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where MLPB does extensive work.
IMPORTANT: MLPB will update this content as appropriate, and Digest readers should note the last-reviewed timestamp and click on the hyperlinks to access the most current information. In addition, this information is for educational purposes only; nothing in it should be construed as legal advice.
Burden of socio-legal concerns among vulnerable patients seeking cancer care services at an urban safety-net hospital: a cross-sectional survey (2016)
Cross-sectional survey of cancer care patients demonstrates need for innovation in cancer care delivery to address socio-legal concerns.Burden-of-socio-legal-concerns-among-vulnerable-patients-BMC-Health-Services
Patients undergoing cancer care treatment require tailored screening, navigation, and legal problem-solving to address health-related social needs.
A Strengths-Based Approach to Screening Families for Health-Related Social Needs
Six concrete recommendations for a strengths-based approach to social need screening with families, intending to minimize potential harm and unintended consequences.Strengths-based screening 1-pager