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.
The Thrive Local (TL) National Evaluation is a cross-site evaluation assessing the implementation, reach, and effectiveness of KP’s National TL program. Thrive Local is a web-based platform that allows KP providers and staff to make electronic referrals for social, non-medical needs using an online resource directory of community-based organizations available to provide assistance with social needs.
The evaluation objectives are to assess the extent to which TL is implemented as intended and to assess the impact of TL on addressing basic resource needs of KP members. The implementation evaluation is being conducted by Dr. Allen Cheadle at KP Washington Health Research Institute's Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE). The reach and effectiveness evaluation is being led by Dr. Kelly, the director of Evaluation, Measurement, and Regulatory Reporting at the KP National Office of Community Health.
In 2020, Dr. Kelly led a related evaluation assessing the capacity of community-based organizations (CBOs) to engage in cross-sector collaborations like TL. Capacity of Community-based Organizations: The Role of Partners and Funders included a qualitative assessment of CBOs that is being used to help inform strategic deployment of resources to support CBOs as they work to achieve their mission while participating in initiatives like TL.
Project HOME is an initiative to rapidly house a targeted segment of KP’s unhoused member population through an innovative housing model. Project HOME will adapt and strengthen traditional rapid re-housing (RRH) interventions, which provide short-term rental assistance and services in order to quickly obtain housing, increase self-sufficiency, and keep individuals housed. The initiative is being implemented in KP Northern California, KP Southern California, and KP Northwest with a goal of housing up to 500 individuals experiencing homelessness.
The cross-site evaluation is being led by Dr. Kelly, who leads measurement and evaluation at the KP National Office of Community Health, and in collaboration with Drs. David Mosen and Frances Lynch at KPNW Center for Health Research. The evaluation will assess if patients who are enrolled in Project HOME report improved satisfaction with KP, reduced burden of social needs, and improved quality of life (exact metrics to be determined). Additionally, the evaluation will assess if individuals enrolled in HOME have a greater increase in appropriate health care utilization (and greater decrease in inappropriate utilization) and improved health outcomes compared to individuals who receive usual care (i.e., experiencing homelessness but not enrolled in HOME).
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