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

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Work Group Charter

Social drivers or influencers (determinants) of health—including food, housing, transportation, safe neighborhoods, education, income and social isolation—have significant impact on health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations. With recent Medicare Advantage payment for some social drivers, many PPL organizations are expanding their focus on social driver 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 health outcomes. Furthermore, a lack of proper infrastructure, incentive structures and mismatched healthcare financing often impede health care organizations from taking meaningful action. The goal of this Work Group is to identify specific scalable, replicable, and effective strategies for payer, provider and life science CEOs to implement to address social drivers of health in collaboration with community organizations in order to meaningfully improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations while removing costly ineffective health care.


  • 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

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


Esther Dyson, Wellville

Patrice Harris, MD, eMed; formerly of American Medical Association

Barsam Kasravi, MD, Anthem, Inc.

Kim Keck, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

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

Lawrence Moss, MD, Nemours Children's Health System

Adam Myers, MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Felicia Norwood, Anthem, Inc.

Aaron Perry, Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association

Martha Wofford, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

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