Written by: Center for Care Innovations

LifeLong Medical Care was selected by the Center for Care Innovations as one of seven community health centers to participate in Roles Outside Of Traditional Systems, or ROOTS, a one-year learning collaborative focused on the role of clinics in addressing patients’ adverse social determinants of health.

Data from its homegrown case management template and other sources — including staff and provider observations — suggested that healthy food access was a top patient concern. So LifeLong used the ROOTS grant to pilot a food insecurity screening and referral intervention in one primary care clinic with the goal of eventually expanding systemwide.

The following case study was prepared by the Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN) at the University of California, San Francisco.