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Housing Domain Kick-Off and Call For SubmissionsGravity Project Community Collaborative Meeting

Virtual HIMSS Presentation 

Thank you to hose who joined us last Wednesday for a virtual presentation of The Gravity Project: A Social Determinants of Health Data Coding Collaborative.
  • The recording and meeting materials will be posted by HIMSS in the coming days.
  • An email notification and links to the materials will be distributed as soon as they are made available on the HIMSS website

    Gravity SDOH FHIR Connectathon Participant Meeting

    COVID-19 and SDOH

    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

    Upcoming Gravity Events and Newsletter

    • Click here to read more about recent national publications recognizing the significant work of the Gravity Project.

    Announcing New Partners in Innovation 

    Cambia Grove has teamed up with Gravity Project and other national leaders in health data interoperability for their 2020 Innovator Fellowship! The program will provide selected fellows to be matched with national leaders in a mentor/mentee relationship while they build shared, national frameworks using HL7 FHIR data standards. Learn more and apply by May 31 here: 

    Gravity Project Team Member Authors New AHIMA Article

    • Read the Article, Beyond Z Codes, written by Linda Hyde here.

    Final Food Insecurity Data Set

    Gravity Project Sponsors

    We are currently seeking additional Gravity Project sponsors for our 2020 operations. This is an opportunity to be recognized as contributing to this critical national project! 

    Click the button below to view our current sponsors and inquire about your organization becoming a Gravity Project sponsor. 

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    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 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 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 weekly one-hour virtual meetings and collaborative project product development through the HL7 project confluence page.

    Upcoming Gravity Project Meeting

    DateTimeTopicWebinar InformationHomework Documents & Links
    19 March 11 June 20204:00-5:00pm 30pm ET / 1:00-2:00pm 30pm PTAGENDA
    • Housing Instability Domain Phase I Review:  End-to-End Review of Housing Instability and Homelessness Data Elements
    • Phase II: Inadequate Housing Kickoff
    Please log on before dialing in and enter the provided participant ID.URL:  (415)655-0003Meeting ID:  738 112 808Password (for app users):  gravitySubmit data elements for

    Review and submit comments: Housing Instability

    Review Coding Systems

    and Homelessness Master List

    Submit: Inadequate Housing Concepts

    Email comments and feedback to

    Email sponsorship inquiries to

    Click here for project documentation and deliverables.

    Upcoming SDOH-CC Connectathon Participant Meeting

    DateTimeTopicWebinar InformationHomework Documents & Links
    25 March 2020TBD3:00-4:00pm ET / 12:00-1:00pm PTAgenda to be posted shortly
    • Participation Logistics-what to expect, Final Questions
    Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.URL:

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    (For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

    United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
    - One-touch: tel:+18773092073,,454082317#<tel:+18773092073,,454082317>

    United States: +1 (571) 317-3129
    - One-touch: tel:+15713173129,,454082317#<tel:+15713173129,,454082317>

    Access Code: 454 082 317New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

    To be added shortlyRecording


    Gravity Project

    Steering Committee

    Stay tuned for new 2020 Governance Structure.

    2019 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

    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)Sheila 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,
    Katiya ShellProject Manager EMI Advisors,
    Marissa RiceCommunications AnalystEMI Advisors,
    Lisa NelsonTechnical
    Linda HydeCoding Subject Matter ExpertEMI Advisors,
    Caroline FichtenbergManaging
    Sarah DeSilveySDOH Clinical Informatics
    Mark SavageSDOH Data Policy LeadSIREN/


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