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Become a Gravity Project Sponsor

SIREN and EMI Advisors are currently seeking additional Gravity Project sponsors. This is an opportunity to be recognized as contributing to this project, which is receiving considerable attention. If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor, please click on the button below to submit your contact information.  

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  1. END TO END HOUSING DATA ELEMENTS READY FOR REVIEW! The Housing Instability and Homelessness Master List is now available here for end-to-end review and comments.  Please email your end-to-end review comments to by no later than the close of business on Thursday, August 6th, 2020.

  2. NEW Food Insecurity Coding Submissions

    1. The Gravity Project recently completed submissions for new food insecurity codes to LOINC, ICD-10, and SNOMED-CT based on the coding gaps identified in the final food insecurity master list.  View the latest coding submissions here.

  3. ONC USCDI Submissions

    1. ONC announced the United State Core for Data Interoperability (USCDI) is now open for submissions through October 9, 2020.
    2. The Gravity Project invites the Gravity Community to submit the Gravity identified LOINC codes and proposed SNOMED CT and ICD-10 codes to the  ONC New Data Element and Class (ONDEC) submission system here.
    3. The Gravity Project team will draft a formal letter on behalf of the Gravity Project. If you want to be added to this letter, please send your interest to:
  4. The HL7® FHIR Virtual Connectathon will occur from September 9th to 11th

    1. The Gravity team is leading the Gravity Project SDOH-CC Connectathon Track (testing Gravity Use Case 1) 
    2. The Gravity track will collaborate with the Care Coordination Connectathon Track: Testing use of FHIR across the care continuum-generating an sending a multiple chronic conditions care plan, SDOH screening, eReferral, and functional assessment.        
    3. Sign up to be a participant here.
  5. SEND US YOUR DATA ELEMENTS for Inadequate Housing and Transportation

    1. Please continue to send us your data element concepts for Inadequate Housing and Transportation. Click here to submit your data element concepts.

  6. JOIN OUR NEXT Gravity Project Community Collaborative Meeting

    1. Please join us for the bi-weekly Gravity Project Community Meeting Thursday, August 6th from 4:00 - 5:30 pm ET (1:00 - 2:30 pm PT).  The web meeting URL and dial-in information are available here.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, materials and recordings are posted hereFor further information, please visit the Gravity Project Meeting Schedule.

  7. The Gravity Project is HIRING! 

    1. The Gravity Project is looking for a new Senior Project Manager to manage all the Gravity workstreams and coordinate across our three Governance Committees.Please see job posting here. Qualified candidates can send their resumes to

  8. May FHIR IG Connectathon Reports Available

    1. View Lessons Learned slides from the MIHIN Interopathon here.

    2. View Lessons Learned slides from HL7 May FHIR Connectathon here


We have stood up a public collaboration space where everyone can share ideas and resources around COVID-19 and SDOH efforts.  Please visit and contribute to the new Gravity Project SDOH COVID-19 Response page, where you'll find a blog and other resources.  Anyone can view the blog, but a Confluence login is required for those who wish to post blog content.  Click here for instructions on how to request a Confluence login.  Email for login and technical support. 

Gravity Events and Newsletter

Participate in ACL’s Social Care Referrals Challenge Competition Webinar on Tuesday, July 28th 2020. This challenge grant is currently open for submissions.

Please view event details here.

Gravity Project will be participating WEDI Forum virtually on Tuesday, August 2020. Please view event details here.

Gravity 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!

Gravity Project Sponsors

We are grateful for the all the contributions of our Gravity Community. We can no do this without you. Click the button below to view our current sponsors and inquire about your organization becoming a Gravity Project sponsor. 

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UPDATED Project meeting schedule
  • We will be moving back to weekly project meetings beginning Thursday, October 10, 2019.  Meeting information will remain unchanged.  Click here for upcoming meeting information.  For the full meeting schedule, click here.
  • We are currently working in the Food Insecurity domain.  Click here for food-related terminology, definitions/descriptions, and source materials. These will be used to guide scope and community discussions around food data elements.
  • Click here to access Gravity Project materials.
    Join the Gravity ProjectThe 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 Member or Other Interested Party as part of the HL7 Consensus Process.  To join the project, sign up here.  
    • To check your project membership status, click here.  If you wish to change your membership from Other Interested Party to Committed Member, please send an email request to .
    • NOTE:  Both member types can submit comments on project documentation.  However, only Committed Members may vote on final documentation.  If you would like to have voting rights, please change your membership status or join the project as a Committed Member.


    The Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN), with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in partnership with EMI Advisors, LLC, is pleased to invite you to join the Gravity Project. Driven by the growing interest in capturing social risk and protective factor data in health care settings, the Gravity Project brings industry leaders together to identify and harmonize social risk and protective factor data for interoperable electronic health information exchange.The Gravity Project will convene a public collaborative process from April to December 2019 in 2019 and 2020 to accomplish the following goals for the social domains of food security, housing stability and quality, and transportation access:
    • Develop use cases to support documentation of specific social domains across screening, diagnosis, goal setting, and intervention activities within EHR and related systems;
    • Identify common data elements and their associated value sets to support the uses use cases;
    • Develop a consensus-based set of recommendations on how best to capture and group these data elements for interoperable electronic exchange and aggregation; and
    • Initiate development of an HL7® Fast Health Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) Implementation Guide based on the defined use cases and associated data sets that will be finalized in the next phase of work.

    Project objectives will be accomplished through bi-weekly one-hour virtual meetings and collaborative project product development through the HL7 project confluence page.

    Upcoming Gravity Project Meeting

    DateTimeTopicWebinar InformationHomework Documents & Links
    Nov 21, 201906 August  20204:00-5:00pm 30pm ET / 1:00-2:00pm 30pm PT

    Community Meeting

    Overview:  Food Insecurity Consensus Voting Process

    Phase I Review:  End-to-End Review of Housing Instability and Homelessness Data Elements

    Phase II: Inadequate Housing Data Element Concepts

    Please log on before dialing in and enter the provided participant ID.


    Dial-In:  (415)655-0003

    Meeting ID:  738 112 808

    Password (for app users):  gravity

    Submit Consensus Votes Nov 21-Dec 5

    (Admin note:  the link above will be inactive until voting opens)Review and submit comments: Housing Instability and Homelessness Master List

    Submit: Inadequate Housing Concepts

    Email sponsorship inquiries to

    Email comments and feedback



    Click here for project documentation and deliverables.

    Gravity Project

    Steering Committee

    Steering Committee meetings are currently held on the last Monday of each month.  

    Steering Committee Members

    NameOrganizationMark CarrozzaAmerican Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

    Keri Christensen

    National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

    Chris Dymek

    HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    Margo Edmunds

    Academy Health/ National Interoperability CollaborativeAndrea GelzerAmeriHealth CaritasTom GiannulliAmerican Medical Association

    Cara James

    CMS Office of Minority Health

    Nafisa Jiwani

    CMS Innovation Office (detail), Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

    David Kendrick

    MyHealth Network

    Jessica Khan


    Lisa Lehmann

    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

    Brenna Long

    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

    Sam Meklir

    HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)

    Nancy Myers

    American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation

    Tom Novak


    Pam Owens


    Michelle Proser

    National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)Duane ReynoldsAmerican Hospital Association Institute for Diversity and Health EquitySheila ShapiroUnitedHealthcare Clinical Services

    Walter Suarez

    Kaiser Permanente

    Al Taylor


    Bill Winfrey

    HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) Innovation Center

    Carlos Villarreal

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

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    The Gravity Project has transitioned to a more robust governance structure to facilitate and accommodate the project's growth and success.

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    Project Contacts

    Evelyn GallegoProgram ManagerEMI Advisors,
    Lynette ElliottProject ManagerEMI Advisors,
    Melinda MorrowKatiya ShellProject Manager EMI Advisors,
    Marissa RiceCommunications AnalystEMI Advisors, 
    Lisa NelsonValue Sets Subject Matter ExpertMaxMDlnelson@max.mdBob DierterleTechnical DirectorEnable Care
    Linda HydeValue Sets Coding Subject Matter ExpertEMI Advisors,
    Caroline FichtenbergManaging
    Sarah DeSilveySDOH Clinical Informatics LeadSIRENsarah.desilvey@med.uvm.eduLaura Gottlieb
    DirectorMark SavageSDOH Data Policy LeadSIREN/


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