SONNET: Evaluation & Research Committee

SONNET is a national network of applied researchers who help design, evaluate, and implement effective social health interventions to improve member health across Kaiser Permanente. SONNET's work is made possible with funding from KP's National Community Health Program.

Meet our Evaluation & Research Committee

With representation from nearly every Kaiser Permanente region, SONNET's Evaluation & Research Committee (ERC) serves as a bridge between researchers and operational teams involved in social health initiatives across the enterprise.

Each SONNET ERC member is involved in a regional or national social health evaluation project – from understanding screening and the best way to elicit pregnant members’ social needs in the context of their care to testing artificial intelligence driven approaches to linking members to community resources to evaluating specific social health initiatives. Learn more about our ERC members and their social health works-in-progress below.


meagan.brown_187x187.jpeg.pngMeagan Brown, PhD, MPH

SONNET Associate Director
KP Washington Health Research Institute

Meagan is working with collaborators from across KP to develop a web-based training module for KP physicians and social workers to help providers improve their ability to deliver social risk-informed care.

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morgan.clennin__187x187.jpgMorgan Clennin, PhD, MPH

KP Colorado Institute for Health Research

Morgan is evaluating the association between social needs, health care utilization, chronic disease, and neighborhood resources to inform clinic-based approaches to improve member outcomes and identify leverage points for community-based interventions to ensure access to essential resources.

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Katie-Coleman__187x187.jpgKatie Coleman , MSPH

SONNET Director
KP Washington Health Research Institute

Katie is helping lead SONNET's strategic direction and contributing to our operationally driven research agenda. She also co-leads the Center for Accelerating Care Transformation (ACT Center) at KP Washington Health Research Institute.

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tina.davis__187x187.jpgTeaniese “Tina” Davis,​​​​ PhD, MPH 

KP Georgia Center for Research and Evaluation

Tina is leading 2 SONNET-related evaluations. One will examine social needs among members whose race is not documented in KP's electronic health record. The second will assess KP's new Digital Social Needs Screening program.

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Alex_Erkenbeck_187x187.jpgAlex Erkenbeck, MPH

KP National Office of Community Health  

Alex is a Senior Evaluation Consultant who contributes to KP Community Health’s regional and national strategies, including Social Health Practice initiatives. She works closely with the SONNET ERC to align social health research and evaluation studies with KP Community Health outcomes and priorities.

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laura.gottlieb__187x187.jpgLaura Gottlieb, MD, MPH 

Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN) 

As SIREN's director, Laura advises SONNET on developments in the field of social health and helps us share what we learn outside of KP. She is also collaborating with fellow ERC member Richard Grant on KP's TracFone evaluation. 

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richard.grant_187x187.jpgRichard Grant, MD, MPH  

KP Northern California Division of Research

Richard and his team, including fellow ERC member Laura Gottlieb, are designing an evaluation to assess the impact of TracFone on health care access among KP members. TracFone Wireless provides free or discounted phones and data services for low-income households.

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david.mosen_187x187.pngDavid Mosen, PhD, MPH

KP Northwest Center for Health Research

With former SONNET Director John Steiner, David is using data from the Medicare Total Health Assessment to explore the link between loneliness and self-reported health and utilization of care. Early results found that improvements in loneliness were associated with improvements in self-reported health, such as depression. 

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claudia.nau_187x187.pngClaudia Nau, PhD  

KP Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation 

Claudia leading the evaluation of KP's Food for Life Healthy Savings initiative, assessing the use of the app over time, cost savings, and barriers. She is also collaborating on the design of an intervention for a fruit and vegetable prescription trial at KP Southern California.

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robert.nocon_187x187.jpgRobert S Nocon, PhD

KP Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Robert is analyzing data from KP’s national social needs survey to assess correlations between social needs and health care costs and to examine the business case for social health investment in KP.


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Maile-Taualii_187x187.jpgMaile M Tauali’i, PhD, MPH

KP Center for Integrated Health Care Research, Hawai`i Permanente Medical Group

Maile joined the SONNET ERC because she believes that upstream influences, such as poverty, racism and colonization, have a huge influence on health outcomes. She brings her experience and knowledge of the nation’s First Peoples and aims to help KP serve this population well.

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nancy.weinfield__187x187.jpgNancy Weinfield, PhD

KP Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute

Nancy is leading a study to understand preferences for social health screening and referral among KP members who are pregnant. She is also leading a literature review on interventions to reduce social isolation for KP’s National Office of Community Health.

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Our latest reports

Social risks and health care utilization among older adults

Looking at data from KP’s Medicare Total Health Assessment survey, this SONNET project found that having more social needs was linked to higher emergency department (ED) utilization and hospital admissions among older adult members of KP Northwest. Project lead: David Mosen, PhD, MPH.

Social risks and racial differences in chronic illness outcomes

This project took a deep dive into data from KP's 2020 National Social Health Survey, finding that Black members had a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes and hypertension compared to white members. Project leads: Jennifer Gander, PhD, and Suma Vupputuri, PhD, MPH.

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