top of page

assessing social determinants of health

assessing social determinants of health

HMS’ Jennifer Forster Talks Leveraging Social
Determinants of Health to Improve Population Health Outcomes


Social determinants of health are often overlooked when providing medical care. Collaborating with other team members, such as social workers and behavioral health workers, can greatly impact a patient’s health and well-being.

Addressing social determinants of health reduced healthcare costs by 10%, or $2,443 in annual savings per member.

Expenditure Reductions Associated with a Social Service Referral Program


The retrospective, secondary data analysis linked social service referral data with health care expenditures in 2 annual periods, before and after the first social service referral.

Patients who reported all their social needs were met experienced an 11% reduction ( $2601 ) in total health care expenditures 12 months post-referral

bottom of page