Sachin Jain, M.D., is a longtime champion of treating certain social factors as medical issues. In his work as president of CareMore Health, a physician-led care delivery subsidiary of Anthem, Inc., he spearheaded efforts to address senior loneliness. He has since brought that commitment to SCAN Health Plan, where he has served as president and CEO for the last year. SCAN, a large, not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan in California, is now taking on homelessness in a new way with the planned launch of a dedicated medical group that will provide health care and other services to individuals experiencing homelessness.

AIS Health recently spoke with Jain about the new initiative and the importance of addressing unmet social needs that can have a serious impact on health outcomes. Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

AIS Health: When you were at CareMore, you launched the Togetherness Program to identify MA patients experiencing loneliness and connect them with resources to promote socialization and engagement. How did you identify homelessness as a medical issue as well?

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