Building Scalable Models and Community Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health

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Work Group Charter

Social determinants of health—including food, housing, and transportation—have a significant impact on health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations. With recent Medicare Advantage payment for some social determinants, many payer, provider and life science organizations are expanding their focus on social determinants interventions. However, these organizations have struggled to identify specific, evidence-based actions they can take internally and have largely not sought to form meaningful partnerships with community organizations that can deliver results that reduce the total cost of care and improve outcomes. Furthermore, a lack of proper infrastructure and incentive structures often impedes health care organizations from taking meaningful action. The goal of this Work Group is to identify specific scalable, replicable, and efficient best practices for payer, provider and life science CEOs to implement to address social determinants of health in collaboration with community organizations in order to meaningfully drive down the total cost of care and improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.


  • Stephen Mette, CEO, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center

  • Felicia Norwood, EVP & President, Government Business Division, Anthem, Inc.

Work Group Fellows

Tayo Akins, Cascade Comprehensive Care

Jennifer Bazante, Humana, Inc.

Donald Bobo, Edwards Lifesciences LLC

Mandy Cohen, MD, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Scott Doniger, DaVita Inc.


Tina Freese Decker, Spectrum Health

Barsam Kasravi, MD, Anthem, Inc.

Kim Keck, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Anish Mahajan, Harbor - UCLA Medical Center & David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Stephen Mette, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center

Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement

Felicia Norwood, Anthem, Inc.

Steve Page, SUN Behavioral Health

Divya Paliwal, MD, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Puneet Singh, Anthem, Inc.

Michael Weissel, SecureSeniorConnections

David Wennberg, MD, Quartet Health

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