NCEAS Research

We bring together a multi-disciplinary community of trainees, educators, clinicians, researchers and community stakeholders to enhance social determinants of health training and dissemination of best practices.

Developing an assessment and evaluation toolkit for social determinants of training in medical education and physician assistant education

While it is clearly established that the social determinants of health (SDH) have a large influence on health outcomes and are more prevalent among racial/ethnic minorities and those living in socioeconomically deprived communities (1), best practices for preparing healthcare professionals to address social conditions remain inconclusive. In this project, we propose developing a comprehensive SDH curriculum assessment and evaluation toolkit that can be widely disseminated to medical and physician assistant (PA) training programs.

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Identifying and Investigating How Health-Related Social Needs are Addressed in Interventions that Prevent Avoidable Health Care Use

Primary care is an ideal venue to engage patients with high social needs, identify and address health-related social needs (HRSNs), and coordinate efforts to reduce avoidable health care use. As current and future primary care clinicians care for patients within a health care system that increasingly emphasizes value-based care for high-needs populations (1) it is critical to generate evidence that can help care teams understand how to deliver whole-person care to improve outcomes for high-risk populations.

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Using geographic information systems and geospatial data to identify and address social determinants of health in clinical practice and training

Training primary care providers to use of geospatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) systems has the potential to improve patient outcomes both at a local level, as well as a national level as graduates disperse to diverse practice locations. This study examines best practices and effective models of integrating geospatial data and GIS into clinical care and provider training.

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Integrating Medical-Legal Partnerships to Address the Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care Clinical Practice and Training

Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) present an opportunity for medical students, residents and practitioners to develop practical approaches and skills to addressing social determinants of health and to practicing in interdisciplinary teams. This study examines various training models to prepare providers to practice in these settings.

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