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The Effects of Housing Insecurity on Health Outcomes and Costs

Can supportive housing programs help lower costs and improve health outcomes?

Over the past 15 years, research has revealed a consistent link between housing and health. A lack of stable, affordable and adequate housing can have severe implications for a patient’s health. Substandard living conditions influence many of the most serious chronic health problems. Housing that is safe, clean and adequately maintained can reduce the likelihood of adverse health outcomes by decreasing the probability of preventable conditions like injuries, neurotoxicity or asthma and it can also reduce the costs associated with care.

Topics: Health Spending Homeless Social Determinants of Health

Fostering a Community Connection for Homeless Children

“Love, belonging and connection are the universal sources of true well-being.” -Unknown

 Being homeless is a traumatic experience, but for children it is especially detrimental. During a child’s crucial years of development, losing everything—their home, routines, privacy, friends, and pets—creates a toxic stress that has a lasting impact on their physical and mental health. Without basic needs, children grow up longing for more: more safety, more structure, and more security.

Approximately 2.5 million children lacked a home at some point in 2013. And according to the National Center for Homeless Education, the number of homeless students has doubled in the past decade.

Topics: Homeless Childhood Development Coordinate Care

A Smart(phone) Solution: Connected Care for Homeless

 The U.S. is home to more than 230 million smartphones. Every population, young and old, rich and poor, now are among the many users. Not surprisingly, smartphones have become a vital tool in helping the nation’s most vulnerable population. For the homeless, a mobile phone can be a lifeline to a spectrum of services, timely information and a connection to their community. For healthcare professionals seeking to improve outcomes, smartphones make coordinated care a reality. 

Topics: Homeless Healthcare Vulnerable populations low income Coordinate Care

Providing End-of-Life Palliative Care for the Homeless

A significant gap in the health care system for one of the most vulnerable patient populations may be slowly closing. Thanks to innovative new programs, increased numbers of homeless men and women fighting fatal illnesses and chronic conditions are receiving the palliative and respite care they so desperately need. 

With many seriously ill homeless patients seeking care only when in dire need, these vital programs work to improve quality of life, preserve the dignity of the patients, and help to better utilize already stretched health care resources.

Topics: Vulnerable populations Homeless Palliative care Social Determinants of Health Coordinate Care Healthify