Social Integration

Making sure a person's social needs are met plays a critical role not only in their quality of life but also their whole health. In fact, research shows that 80% of what drives a person's health takes place outside the doctor's office.1

While healthcare stakeholders recognize the importance of social factors in cost and quality of care, the industry is still working on integrating those factors into operations. At Elevance Health, we're leveraging data-driven insights and community partners to address consumers' social needs, with the goal of making healthcare more personal, equitable, and holistic.

Using Data to Drive Equitable Care

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Inside Our Social Impact Model

Connecting consumers with the right care at the right time allows us to help care providers practice at the top of their licenses. Additionally, we can help reduce patient hospitalizations, improve outcomes, and boost consumer satisfaction.

That's where our Community Connected Care solution comes in. It leverages data and local community partnerships to proactively identify and outreach to individuals who may have health-related social needs, and connects them to community resources, driving better outcomes by reducing barriers to care. The solution was designed for payers to support consumers and care providers.

Community Connected Care includes:

Data and insights

Using insights from the Protocol for Responding to & Assessing Patients' Assets, Risks & Experiences (PRAPARE©) tool, our Whole Health Index, and other sources, we identify prevalent social needs and stratify the population based on those needs.


Designated pathways connect consumers and their families to social supports based on their needs. Partnerships with community-based organizations such as food pantries and area agencies on aging enhance our ability to meaningfully engage with consumers around their social needs.


We identify trends in social-need data to proactively create social interventions with targeted health outcomes.

Quantifying Whole Health

One challenge the healthcare industry faces when it comes to improving whole health is subjectivity. The industry lacks a standard measure to quantify whole health.

We're working to change that with our Whole Health Index. It has been validated by the external research and data analytics consultancy firm Mathematica, which found positive correlations between the Whole Health Index and several health outcomes. In 2023, those findings were touted in the NEJM Catalyst publication.2

Unlike other measurement tools, the index goes beyond using self-reported details. Instead, it looks at claims and social information. It uses patient- and population-level data from 93 measures representing physical, behavioral, and social factors. That information generates a single score for each consumer to indicate the state of their whole health.

We've calculated Whole Health Index scores for more than 45 million consumers of our affiliated health plans across all business lines, including Medicare, Medicaid, dual-eligible, and Commercial.3

Improving Whole Health

The Whole Health Index creates measurable data that allows us to take action to help consumers with low scores. That's the impetus for our Whole Health Improvement Now (WIN) program.

It identifies consumers in low Whole Health Index cohorts at highest risk for social needs and routes them to local community partners through our social care connections partner for a social needs assessment. Once assessments are completed, consumers are connected to social supports needed to address their health-related social needs. We work with care providers and community-based organizations to tailor outreach and programing to help those consumers with their health and social needs.

To date, WIN has:

Found 174,000 people in need of social support.4

Identified 2,000 social needs out of a 9,000-person cohort.4

Addressed 1,000+ of those social needs with follow-up services.5

1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Community Health and Economic Prosperity: The Problem, the Causes, the Opportunities, and the Solutions—At a Glance (January 2021): 2 Winnie C. Chi, PhD, MS, J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD, Todd Sponholtz, PhD, MPH, Binh T. Nguyen, PhD, Peter Brady, MBA, April Falconi, PhD, MPH, MA, Martha Johnson, PhD, et al.: The Whole Health Index: A Practical, Valid, and Reliable Tool to Measure Whole-Person Health and Manage Population Health. New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst (May 30, 2023): 3 Elevance Health, internal data (2023). 4 Elevance Health Pulse: How Our Whole Health Index Is Making an Impact (October 2023): 5 Elevance Health, internal analysis (May 2023).

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