Changes in Capacity to Absorb Clinical-to-Community Referrals during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Changes in Capacity to Absorb Clinical-to-Community Referrals during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Project Summary

This study assesses the capacity of community social services organizations and their partners to meet the needs of new clients identified through emerging social determinants of health (SDOH) screening and referral tools used by medical providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a previous study, researchers developed a method for assessing the capacity of social service organizations to accommodate referrals from medical providers. In this follow-up study, a team based at The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center and Visible Networks Lab use social network analysis, secondary data, and qualitative interviews to  explore how clinical-community referral networks and referral patterns have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how these changes may affect service delivery and outcomes for community residents. Findings will guide efforts to strengthen the capacity of communities to meet the health and social needs of their residents.

Principal Investigators

  • Kameron P. Hodgens, PhD
    Executive Director/CEO
    The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
  • Danielle Varda, PhD
    CEO
    Visible Networks Lab

Methodology

In this follow-up study, a team based at The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center and Visible Networks Lab use social network analysis, secondary data, and qualitative interviews to  explore how clinical-community referral networks and referral patterns have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how these changes may affect service delivery and outcomes for community residents. 

Project Details

Year: 
2020
Status: 
Active
Primary Investigator: 
Kameron Hodgens