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Health Policy Journal Club, August 2023

Addressing Health Related Social Needs

The health policy journal club is an interdisciplinary, inter-professional group convened monthly by the Farley Health Policy Center to discuss timely topics in health policy. A curated selection of high-yield articles provides the basis for discussion. Past topics have included income inequality and health, professionalism in medicine, patients as consumers, and adjusting payment for measures of social risk. This page presents the reading list from the most recent journal club.


  1. Beidler LB, Razon N, Lang H, Fraze T. More than just giving them a piece of paper: interviews with primary care on social needs referrals to community-based organizations. J Gen Int Med. 2022;37(16):4160-67.  
  2. Renaud J, McClellan S, DePriest K, et al. Addressing health-related social needs via community resources: lessons from accountable health communities. Health Affairs. 2023;42(6):832-840.  
  3. Vasan A, Gardenhire A, Basu S, Austin T. Good intentions aren't good enough: connecting patients to supports to address social determinants of health. Webinar. July 25, 2023. Primary Care Collaborative.  
  4. Whitman A, De Lew N, Chappel A, Aysola V, Zuckerman R, Sommers BD. Addressing social determinants of health: examples of successful evidence-based strategies and current federal efforts. Office of Health Policy, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. April 1, 2022.  
  5. Knowles M, Crowley AP, Vasan A, Kangovi S. Community health worker integration with and effectiveness in health care and public health in the United States. Annual Review of Public health. 2023;44:363-381.  
  6. Optional additional resource: Integrating social care in to the delivery of health care: moving upstream to improve the nation's health. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. 2019.  


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