Documenting Homelessness Throughout the Health Care System

This policy brief provides a rationale for using the ICD-10-CM code Z59.0 for homelessness, outlines the challenges to maximizing this code, and offers strategies to consider to ensure health care providers ask about homelessness and record patients’ housing status. This data is highly relevant to clinicians and administrators at health centers, hospitals, state Medicaid systems, Medicaid managed care organizations, and public health departments.

Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System

Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults summarizes the evidence base and explores how social isolation and loneliness affect health and quality of life in adults aged 50 and older, particularly among low income, underserved, and vulnerable populations. This report makes recommendations specifically for clinical settings of health care to identify those who suffer the resultant negative health impacts of social isolation and loneliness and target interventions to improve their social conditions.

Healthy People 2030 Social Determinants of Health

The Healthy People 2030 webpage on has useful information on social determinants of health (SDOH) including the widely-used definition and graphic that explains, “What are social determinates of health?” There is also information on how the Healthy People 2030 campaign and other organizations are addressing SDOHs.