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Assessing Circumstances and Offering Resources for Needs (ACORN): An Overview of a VHA Social Risk Screening and Social Needs Referral Initiative

by Alicia Cohen, MD, MSc ; Sarah Leder, MSW ; Lauren Russell, MPP
Seminar date: 1/10/2024

Description: Hospitals and health systems, including the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), are increasingly working to identify patients' social risks and address social needs as part of clinical care. Assessing Circumstances and Offering Resources for Needs (ACORN) is a VHA social risk screening and referral program that aims to identify and address unmet social needs among all Veterans to improve health outcomes and advance health equity. This session will provide an overview of ACORN, including background on the development of the initiative, information about the ACORN Dashboard, and research and clinical implications.

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