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Health and Housing Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity


Research surrounding the Social Determinants of Health paradigm continues to showcase and highlight the social and cultural inequities in access to many service-oriented resources. Hospitals, health centers, and housing service providers have a unique ability to overlap and coordinate in their efforts to create more access and opportunities for people experiencing health concerns and housing instability.

Addressing Health Equity through Health and Housing Partnerships, a new report released jointly by CSH and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, explores racial disparities in access to health and housing. The report finds that people of color have a higher likelihood of experiencing many chronic health conditions and poorer health outcomes than people who are white. For access to housing, the findings are similarly discouraging, noting that 40.6% of all persons experiencing homelessness are Black/African American, despite making up just 12.7% of the US population.

One problem typically exacerbates the other – without access to a safe, stable place to live, your chances of experiencing or developing an illness (chronic or otherwise) grows. If you have a mental/physical/behavioral health concern, it may become harder to manage employment and housing stability which can lead to eventual homelessness.

CSH and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council outline recommendations for providers to address inequities in their agencies, as well as how to address inequity through partnerships. Collaboration is a beneficial way for partners to share resources, knowledge and information to increase equitable service delivery for vulnerable populations.

For more information and details of the report, click here.


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