Chair: Mohammad Jafari 

Scribe: Mohammad Jafari 


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HSSWG calls are recorded per WG approval during December 16, 2021 conference call unless an objection is sustained.

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Chris Shawn (Co-Chair)

Liz Oppenheim (Co-Chair)Mitre
Grey Faulkenberry (Co-Chair)MayJuun
Mohammad Jafari (Co-Chair)VA
Lizz Olson (Co-Chair)Atrium Health
Ken SalyardsHHS/ACF
Joanna ThurstonHHS/ACF

Brian Handspicker

Open City Labs
Jessica BanksGoldbelt
Jasmine StewartGoldbelt
Sal RanaGoldbelt
Greg BloomOpen Referral
Sean Muir
Himali SaitwalEMI
Michelle ZancanZane Networks
Scott Selby
Serafina VersaggiFEI

Kristine McCoy

Samia Warsame
Ken Lord

Llew Brown


Rita Torkzadeh


Eric Jahn

Amol Vyas
Chirag Bhatt
John Moehrke

Guests and Members:

Agenda Topics


Agenda Item


Decisions / Actions

1Welcome and Quorum

Quorum = 2 co-chairs and 2 guests

  •  Attained

2Agenda Review

3Appointing an interim co-chair

This is needed for achieving quorum in December. Mohammad Jafari 

Jessica Banks was elected as an interim co-chair.

Motion: Chris Shawn, Seconded by: Serafina Versaggi

Motion approved 8-0-0.


Minutes Approval

2022-11-03 HSSWG Agenda/Minutes

(Approve by general consent)



Projects and Relevant Topics

Person-Centric Introduction: Ken Lord 

Presentation and discussion:

  • Ken presented.
  • Michelle Zancan, Rita Torkzadeh , and Kenneth Salyards pointed out that the term Patient is not appropriate in many social services use cases and in some cases even the patient wouldn't want to be referred to with that term.
  • John Moehrke pointed out that the Patient resource is explicitly scoped to cover social services use cases. For example, in financial service use cases the same resource is used to model a client.
  • Mohammad Jafari mentioned that the goal of this project isn't/shouldn't be to rename the resource and break the entire FHIR model. We might be able to rely on extensions to close the gaps.
  • John Moehrke pointed out the potential for using Alternate Names.
  • The group identified some of the potential co-sponsors for this project including PA, PE WG, and Payer Provider Information Exchange.

FHIR IG for Human Services Directories Report-out: Serafina Versaggi 

Since some of the expected audience were not present Serafina suggested to move this conversation to the sub-workgroup meeting on Monday and the next meeting.

Review HL7 Project Proposals:


7Discussion on terminology for social services categoriesDeferred.
8Next Meeting
  • Any agenda items WG members want to add?

Next HSS WG public call: Dec 01, 2022

Meeting Adjourned: 4:00 pm ET


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