CommunityRx addresses health care providers’ need to efficiently connect patients to community-based resources for wellness, disease self-management and caregiving. Unmet social needs affect not only primary care, but also specialty care. In Dr. Stacy Lindau's practice caring for women with cancer, for example, my patients commonly need community-based resources like physical therapy, wigs and prosthetics, cancer support groups, and even rent and food support to manage the work and costs of their treatment and recovery. In our tertiary care children’s hospital, where our patients are being treated with complex and costly illnesses like cancer, sickle cell disease, and even HIV, 40% of children are discharged to food insecure homes. The CommunityRx system enables efficient connectivity to these important health-related needs and generates data to evaluate geospatial and other gaps in critical resources.

Our Research:

Lindau ST, Fruin K, Huang ES, Makelarski JA, Tung EL. CommunityRx: A local solution to the multilevel information failure in the basic human needs market. More Fair by Design: Economic design responses to inequality, Oxford University Press Series on Inequality Vol. IV in the Twenty-First Century. In press. (Draft of chapter available here.)

Makelarski JA, Abramsohn E, Benjamin JH, Du S, Lindau ST. Diagnostic Accuracy of Two Food Insecurity Screeners Recommended for Use in Health Care Settings. American Journal of Public Health. 2017; 107(11):1812-1817.

Tung EL, Boyd K, Lindau ST, Peek ME. Neighborhood Crime and Access to Health-Enabling Resources in Chicago. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2018; 9:153-156.

Lindau ST, Makelarski JA, Abramsohn EM, Beiser D, Escamilla V, Jerome J, Johnson D, Kho A, Lee K, Long T, Miller D. CommunityRx: A Population Health Improvement Innovation that Connects Clinics to Communities. Health Affairs. 2016; 35(11):2020-2029.

Makelarski JA, Lindau ST, Fabbre VD, Grogan CM, Sadhu EM, Silverstein JC, Tran TT, Van Haitsma M, Whitaker E, & Johnson D. Are Your Asset Data as Good as You Think? Conducting a Comprehensive Census of Built Assets to Improve Urban Population Health. Journal of Urban Health. August 2013; 90(4):586-601.

Lindau ST, Makelarski JA, Chin MH, Desautels S, Johnson D, Johnson WE, Miller D, Peters S, Robinson C, Schneider J, Thicklin F, Watson NP, Wolfe M, Whitaker E. Building Community-Engaged Health Research and Discovery Infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago: Science in Service to Community Priorities. Preventive Medicine. March-April 2011; 52(3-4):200-207.

CommunityRx mentions:

Accountable Health Communities—Addressing Social Needs through Medicare and Medicaid. Perspective by Dawn E. Alley, PhD, Chisara N. Asomugha, MD, Patrick H. Conway, MD, and Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016; 374:8-11.

A New Conceptual Framework for Academic Health Centers. William B. Borden, MD, Alvin I. Mushlin,MD, SCM, et al. Academic Medicine. 2015; 90:569-573.   

Clinic–Community Linkages for High-Value Care. Perspective by Thomas D. Sequist, MD, MPH, and Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014; 371:2148-2150.