Social Care Transformations to Promote Health Equity

Aditi Vasan, MD, MSHP is a pediatric hospitalist and health services researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is the faculty lead for the Health Equity Portfolio at CHOP’s PolicyLab, a center of emphasis focused on using research to inform policy change. Dr. Vasan’s research aims to promote health equity by improving the health and social service systems serving children and families living in poverty. Her current work is focused on implementing and evaluating health system-based social interventions, increasing access to government benefit programs, and improving the integration of health and social services for low-income children with chronic conditions. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, Health Affairs, and JAMA Pediatrics, and insights from her work have directly informed federal- and state-level policies aimed at improving families’ access to government benefits.

Philip Scribano, DO, MSCE is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Director for Social Care Innovation in the Division of General Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and holds the Shanahan Family Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. He also currently serves as a Physician Advisor for the CHOP Digital Health Initiative and is the Clinical Lead for the Clinical Quality and Safety Core of the Center for Health Equity at CHOP. He provides leadership in addressing health related social needs, with systems change to better integrate social care into a pediatrics healthcare system. After 12 years as Section Chief for the Center for Child Protection and Health at CHOP, and a total of 23 years in this leadership position during his career, he has retired that distinguished leadership role as he focuses on his work in social care innovation. Dr. Scribano received the Academy of Master Clinicians in 2021 which recognizes those clinicians who exemplify the highest standards of clinical excellence, humanism, and professionalism; and, in 2023, he was bestowed the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Scribano’s scholarly efforts focus on the prevention of child maltreatment, and use of technology in healthcare. He has published over 100 original articles and book chapters and has been funded for multiple program and research grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Administration on Children and Families, and U.S. Department of Justice, as well as generous private foundations for this work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how changes in health care financing and delivery are driving health equity innovations
  2. Examine how social care integration can be applied in practice to promote health equity, through the lens of the CHOP LiFTS (Linking Families To Support) initiative
  3. Critically assess existing programs and policies with a focus on equity, and design future health care innovations aimed at achieving more equitable outcomes


This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on April 24, 2024.

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