Cedars-Sinai recognizes that the conditions in which our patients were born, grow, work, live and age impact their health outcomes and our ability to adequately care for them. Through dedicated staffing, strong community partnerships and innovative technology, the Community Connect Program addresses the health-related social needs of our patients to improve their overall wellbeing.
The Community Connect Program supports individual and community health through assessment and interventions that help vulnerable people get connected to the resources they need. Our program serves patients across all access points of the health system, including the Emergency Department, patients admitted to the medical center and outpatient offices and clinics.
Community Connect Program Overview
We use assessment tools to identify health-related social needs such as:
- Housing instability
- Food insecurity
- Social isolation
- Health literacy
- Financial strain
- Mental health
- Substance use
- Access to care
- Independent living
- Intimate partner violence
Our team of social workers, public health professionals and community health workers support patient health by:
- Integrating community health workers on the care team
- Providing services to help patients navigate medical, social and public benefit systems and connect to community-based resources
- Helping reduce barriers to accessing services
Through innovative technology and a strong emphasis on partnering with community-based organizations, we strive to improve patient connections to community resources by:
- Building the community connect network to increase access to community-based resources for any patient in need
- Using a shared electronic referral platform to streamline referral pathways to community partners and improve coordination across sectors
Connecting Our Community
Together, Cedars-Sinai and its community partners can bridge the gap between healthcare and the community. To explore local resources in your community, go to find resources.