VHAN Key Aim

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Our vision is to deliver high-quality care to all VHAN members by intentionally leveraging the voice of the patient, strengthening real-time feedback loops, and addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to more holistically support patient needs.

What VHAN Is Doing

Using VHAN member data and SDOH data from ExploreTNhealth, we are identifying zip codes that have below-average performance on specific health interventions, such as cancer screenings, and an above-average Socioeconomic Disparity Index.

Based on these findings, a pilot is being developed to focus on preventive cancer screenings in the Sumner County service area. A community health worker will partner with local providers to close these gaps and promote colorectal cancer screening outreach. 

Identifying Opportunities for Intervention

Developing a Pilot Program

Closing Gaps Through Outreach

The True Value

Helen took a hard fall while trying to enter her home, and she broke a foot in the process. 

In a follow-up call by a VHAN social worker, Helen admitted that her mobility had been compromised by her health conditions and that she really wished she had a ramp to get in and out of the house more easily. Her social worker took on the challenge, resulting in just as powerful a health intervention as a visit to the doctor, a needed procedure or a new medication. 

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