Coding and Co-design: Social Care and Health Care Lessons from the Gravity Project

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As social care and health care increasingly integrate, these new sets of services and ways of working together can be improved through data standards. Ensuring that standards reflect the real workings of social care—the needs providers encounter in their communities and the methods and resources they use to address those—is critical to making integration effective. So Gravity Project (a national public collaborative that develops consensus-based data standards to improve how we use and share information on social determinants of health (SDOH)), undertook a groundbreaking initiative to map the needs and nuances of social care into its standards.

Together with Civitas Networks for Health and HealthBegins, the Gravity Project convened an initial group of national and state-level representatives from social care (across food, housing, and navigation/care coordination) to inform its conceptual model and guide its standard creation. The lessons from these focus groups revealed concrete innovations able to be integrated into standards developments—as well as broader reflections on challenges and opportunities in social care integration.

In this webinar, you will hear directly from co-design members about critical insights that emerged from the process. You’ll learn about the eight new use cases (building on Gravity’s original four) that reflect social care data standard needs. And you’ll glean lessons about the funding gaps, operational incompatibilities, and relational challenges that can hamper clinical-community partnerships—and how to overcome them.


  • Kathryn Jantz, MSW, MPH Senior Associate, HealthBegins, (host)
  • Sarah DeSilvey, DNP, FNP, Director of Terminology, Gravity Project
  • Janée Tyus, MPH, Senior Program Director of Mid-Michigan CHAP
  • Alana Kalinowski, MSW, Director of Interoperability & Collective Impact, San Diego Community Information Exchange/211


Webinar Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the co-design process that Gravity Project engaged in to bring more social care voices into SDOH standards creation and implementation.

  • Understand a set of potential use cases for SDOH standards, as prioritized by social care organizations, which can inform new standards and implementation guide.

  • Identify common challenges in health and social care integration that will be foundational to address alongside standard creation.


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