SONNET Projects: Weinfield

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.

Preferences for Social Needs Screening During Pregnancy

Project team

  • Nancy S. Weinfield, PhD, Prinicipal Investigator, KP Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute (MAPRI)
  • Adrienne Deneal, MS, Project Manager, MAPRI 
  • Karishma Narendra Mohadikar, MS. Data Analyst, MAPRI

Project summary

The federal government recognizes social needs specific to pregnancy and provides benefits and services, including expanded pregnancy Medicaid to address financial and health care needs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to address nutrition risk and food insecurity. Nonetheless, the health care community knows little about best practices in the process of screening pregnant women for social needs. Pregnant women report feeling vulnerable during pregnancy care. So it’s especially important to ensure that we work toward evaluating and meeting their social needs in ways that they find respectful of their autonomy and experiences. 

Kaiser Permanente is committed to promoting social health among pregnant women. This study extends current knowledge by asking women directly about screening and referral preferences during pregnancy. The study will explore:

  • Preferences for modality of screening
  • Whether those preferences differ by domain of screening or by personal circumstances and characteristics
  • Whether women are amenable to being screened and referred for social needs as a part of pregnancy care
  • What privacy concerns they have regarding their social needs. 

The study will also probe whether women who were referred for assistance with social needs accepted the offer for assistance, and if not, why. Results should both advance the literature on screening preferences and provide valuable information to KP about screening preferences in this population. 

Social Isolation Evidence Review 

Project team

Nancy S. Weinfield, PhD, Principal Investigator, KP Mid-Atlantic States Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute

Project summary

Dr. Weinfield will review the literature on interventions to reduce social isolation for KP’s National Office of Community Health. Her efforts will focus on the different types of interventions, the populations the interventions are intended to serve, and the efficacy of different intervention approaches. She will emphasize the strengths and weaknesses of each intervention and will make a recommendation to KP about promising interventions to that could be considered for implementation.


New report

Social Isolation and Loneliness Review

Read results of SONNET's evidence review on interventions to address social isolation and loneliness, led by Nancy S. Weinfield, PhD, and Adrienne Deneal, MS, from KP Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute. 

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