Written by: Center for Care Innovations

In the summer of 2017, Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center Primary Care Services (LAC+USC) was selected by the Center for Care Innovations 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.

Motivated by the vision of executive leadership and inspirational talks by “upstream” physicians advocating for social risk screening in primary care, the LAC+USC ROOTS team began working to integrate patient social and behavioral health needs into primary care clinics in the late spring of 2016. With the ROOTS grant, the team saw an opportunity to improve food and housing insecurity risk screening, documentation, and workflows, as well as to expand beyond the clinic walls and connect the work on a community level.

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