Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Engagement Area

Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Engagement Area

SBD Pic 1SBD Pic 2Social and Behavioral Database

Social, behavioral, and environmental factors greatly impact our health.  Through a series of innovative research studies, the Center for Knowledge Management (CKM) has evaluated how best to collect information about social and behavioral determinants of health (SBD).  CKM conducted the first-known evaluation of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) questionnaire and assessed the feasibility of using a hybrid questionnaire that included the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patient Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE) instrument in a community clinic setting.  Leveraging the team's unique skills in metadata and knowledge management we have, most recently created a freely-available database of public health and community-based resources in the Nashville area that can help address identified social needs.

CKM also actively stays abreast of ongoing research, projects, and initiatives addressing social determinants of health, thus supporting the medical center's mission to provide personalized health care.

This research was supported in part by the VUMC McKesson Chair Fund and the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research ( #VR23877).


  • Koonce TY, Kusnoor SK, Hurley ST, McClellan KM, Giuse NB. Combining social and behavioral determinants of health questionnaires to inform precision medicine in a community health center clinic. American Medical Informatics Fall Symposium November 2017.

  • Koonce TY. Using Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health to Inform Precision Medicine. Vanderbilt University Department of Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series. April 19, 2017.


    CKM Original Projects

    CKM Contributions to VUMC Projects


    • William W. Stead, MD, Chief Strategy Information Officer; Professor, Biomedical Informatics
    • Dr. Nancy Adler, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine and Director, UCSF Center for Health and Community
    • Dr. Aric Prather, Professor,  UCSF School of Medicine
    • Laura Gottlieb, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
    • Suzanne Hurley, Director, Community and Women’s Health Services, Connectus Health