Session ID: 

Identifying Homelessness Through Data

1:30pm - 2:00pm Wednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Identifying and addressing social determinants is becoming an essential part of healthcare. Despite their recognized impact on healthcare outcomes, actually identifying these determinants on both a patient- and population-level is difficult and often leaves us with an incomplete picture. Unstable housing is a major risk factor for many Hennepin Healthcare patients; this session will describe our journey to understand, identify and address this determinant with our patients. A novel approach to using population-level data to identify homelessness was our first step in eventually developing a multi-faceted indicator that is clinically meaningful. This approach is applicable to other healthcare organizations looking to take steps in identifying and addressing social determinants of health.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the difficulties in presenting social determinant data to clinicians in a useful way
  • Use population-level data to identify patients at risk for unstable housing
  • Design multi-faceted indicators of social determinant risk at other healthcare organizations


Clinical Informaticist,
Hennepin County Medical Center


Clinical Informaticists
Data Scientist
Population Health Management Professional