What is Gravity Project?

A collaborative public-private initiative launched in May 2019 with the goal to develop consensus-driven data standards to support the collection, use, and exchange of data to address the social determinants of health (SDOH).

Why are SDOH Data Standards like those developed by the Gravity Project important?

Why are
  • Social care data standards establish a shared understanding of critical concepts across the ecosystem in the name of health equity.
  • Social care data standards allow for data visibility, a critical aspect of data justice.
  • Social care data standards create common agreements and methods for exchanging information within communities to allow for analysis and upstream, structural interventions.                              

Processes and Principles.                                                                   Materials


Program Management Office (PMO)

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Gravity Project Steering Committee (EC)

Gravity Project Operating Committee (OC)

Gravity Project Website vs Confluence 

The Gravity Project website exists as a public communication tool to highlight Gravity's work. The Gravity Project Confluence is a fundamental workspace housing our labor and deliverables.


Gravity Project and AMA Collaborate on New Resource for the Documentation of Social Risks

Gravity Project and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced the first of a series of resources to assist in documenting social risks after the application of nationally implemented screening assessment instruments. View the release.

HL7 Response and Input Comments on the HTI-1 Proposed Rule

Health Level Seven International (HL7) recently submitted comments for ONC’s Health Data, Technology, and Interoperability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing proposed rule (HTI-1). In addition to HL7 leadership and Policy Advisory Committee, HL7 Work Groups contributing to these comments include Clinical Decision Support, Clinical Quality Information, Devices, Gender Harmony Project, Orders and Observations and Patient Empowerment. Gravity Project also provided input. View HL7's comments here.

Gravity Project Refreshes Strategic Goals and Transitions PMO – March 31, 2023

See here for an announcement and update from the Gravity Project, including refreshed Strategic Goals, transition of the Program Management Office from EMI Advisors to Point-of-Care Partners (POCP), Technology Workstream Opportunity to Get Engaged with open public calls and upcoming Connectathons, and a reminder on the Gravity Project Pilots Affinity Group meeting series occurring the last Thursday each month.  

Civitas Networks for Health in Partnership with Gravity Project® Announces Four New Pilot Sites to Further Implementation of SDOH Data Standards - April 11, 2023

The Gravity Project Pilots Workstream is pleased to work with our partners on this initiative to improve accessibility, knowledge, and capabilities for exchange of Gravity terminology standards with a focus on public health and health equity use cases. Please see here for an announcement of the Four New Pilot Sites.

CMS/HL7 Connectathons

Join the Gravity Project in attending the CMS/HL7 FHIR Connectathons. Learn more and register here.

NIDDK RFA-DK-22-038: Pilot Interventions to Integrate Social Care and Medical Care to Improve Health Equity (R01—Clinical Trial Required), Letter of intent due Sep 19th

This NIDDK Funding Opportunity Announcement will support pilot and feasibility trials to test interventions that involve screening for and addressing adverse SDOH, also called social risks, during a health care visit. The overarching goal of this FOA is to develop pragmatic approaches that can be used in healthcare settings to reduce health disparities in diseases within the mission of NIDDK and achieve health equity, especially among individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups, rural populations, sexual and gender minority groups, and other socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved communities. A letter of intent is due Sep 19. Learn more here.

Breaking Down Barriers: How the University of Colorado Hospital is Improving Social Determinants of Health Data Sharing - September 1, 2023

In partnership with Civitas Networks for Health, and with generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we're excited to share the first blog in our Gravity Project pilot site project series. Thank you Tehreem Rehman, MD MPH MBA and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for sharing your work with us. Learn more here.   

Social Media

The Gravity Project is now official on social media! We invite you to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. We will be using the social media platforms for relevant project and SDOH data integration related communications. Help us spread the word!

Join the Gravity Project!

The success of the Gravity Project depends on the contribution of volunteers who are eager to make rapid progress on the standardization of social determinants of health data.  We need experts to contribute to and validate definitions for SDH related data elements and value sets. Participants are asked to join the project at any time either as a Committed Party or Other Interested Party as part of the HL7 Consensus Process.  To join the project, sign up here.  

  • To check your project status, click here.  If you wish to change your status from Other Interested Party to Committed Party please send an email request to Gravityproject@hl7.org.
  • NOTE:  Both member types can submit comments on project documentation.  However, only Committed Parties may vote on final documentation.  If you would like to have voting rights, please change your status or join the project as a Committed Party.

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