social support and health care

Addressing social needs to improve health care utilization

Discover how companion care can improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

Loneliness, social isolation, and other social drivers of health critically affect a person’s access to quality health care.  Join our research team for a conversation about the power of real, human connection and hear how social support positively impacts health care utilization. 

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Key takeaways

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The significant impact SDoH have on health care utilization
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The link between unmet social needs and health care costs
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Data on how social support can remove barriers to care
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How health plans can effectively address unmet social needs


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Meet the speakers

Ellen Rudy, PhD
VP of Health and Social Impact, Papa

Dr. Ellen Rudy serves as the Vice President of Health and Social Impact at Papa with the responsibility to evaluate Papa’s impact on members’ quality of life, health outcomes and total cost of care. Dr. Rudy earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from University of California, Los Angeles and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Policy and Research at RAND/UCLA. She most recently worked at Molina Healthcare, a managed care organization providing Medicaid and Medicare health care services with leadership responsibility across Population Health Management, Health Policy and Research, Quality and Healthcare Operations. She currently serves as an expert faculty member at University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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Kelsey McNamara, MPH
Senior Director of Research, Papa

Kelsey McNamara is a public health professional with experience in digital health, behavioral interventions, and obesity-related chronic diseases. As the Senior Director of Research at Papa, she evaluates the clinical and economic value that Papa provides to members and clients. Prior to joining Papa, McNamara held research and strategy positions at Omada Health, Google, and the Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing. McNamara received her BS from Cornell University and MPH with a focus in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Harvard University.

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