Introducing the Gravity Project

We are a national public collaborative that develops consensus-based data standards to improve how we use and share information on social determinants of health (SDOH).

Strength in Collaboration

We convene stakeholders from across the health and human services ecosystem to help us design the right data standards for SDOH data sharing.

Our Work

The Gravity Project defines SDOH information so it can be documented in and exchanged across disparate digital health and human service platforms.

We develop data standards to represent individual-level SDOH information in digital platforms. These national standards support the consistent use of the data across organizations, providers, and caregivers, and help to facilitate payment for social risk data collection and intervention activities such as referrals, counseling, and care coordination.

Gravity Project Domains

Our Growing Community

Our public collaborative of volunteers and public-private Governance Committees work toward the shared goal of health equity across cultural, institutional, and social contexts.

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Our Story

The idea for the Gravity Project originated in 2017, following a multi-stakeholder meeting convened by the Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN). The group championed a grassroots approach for creating a collaborative that could build social needs data for integration in clinical care.

Since inception, Gravity Project members work in an open and collaborative way to promote common standards and awareness about the importance of data sharing for SDOH.

Why Gravity Project?

“The Gravity Project’s work to document and integrate social risk in clinical care has never been more urgent than now. With COVID-19, doctors see the intersection of social determinants and health status daily. The AMA is proud to contribute our expertise and to sponsor Gravity’s critical work.”
Tom Giannulli

Tom Giannulli
Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) Chief Medical Information Officer of the American Medical Association (AMA)

“Highmark remains focused on the health and vitality of the communities we serve. The Gravity Project’s development of data standards and exchange of SDOH data will be critical to our ability to understand the social needs of our members, patients and communities, and make decisions that best support our customers.”

Deborah Donovan
Highmark Vice President of Social Determinants of Health Strategy and Operations, and Gravity Project Executive Committee Member