Managing Social Determinants of Health During COVID-19

January 6, 2021

Addressing the social health needs of those ill with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a challenge for providers and health care systems. On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief health officer for Kaiser Permanente, who discusses the organization's guide that walks clinicians through considerations to keep in mind when screening patients in order to improve health outcomes as well as reduce community transmission.

Addressing the social health needs of those ill with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a challenge for providers and health care systems. On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief health officer for Kaiser Permanente, who discusses the organization's guide that walks clinicians through considerations to keep in mind when screening patients for unmet social needs in order to improve health outcomes as well as reduce community transmission.

The playbook, which includes information about behavioral health, can help physicians and others connect patients to local resources and provides guidance about ensuring follow-up.

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Resources:

MJH Life Sciences COVID-19 Coalition Webinar
January 12, 2021, at 6PM ET
Color and COVID-19—The Virus’ Disproportionate Impact

A Timeline of COVID-19 Developments in 2020

Read our 3-part series on this topic here:

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