With changes in health care delivery, providers that serve chronically homeless people are investing in ways to prevent health care problems from occurring or getting worse. One example is wellness programs offered in supportive housing. Along with piloting innovations, there is interest in understanding how such efforts can increase housing stability and contain costs.
The workshop explored how to design wellness programs so that outcomes and best practices can be shared effectively with community partners, funders, and policymakers.
Taiisa’s presentation featured the Urban Health and Home Initiative, which incorporates wellness and recovery into integrated primary and behavioral healthcare programs. The UHHI targets 140 high frequency users of expensive emergency services and Monarch Housing is working to partner around the initiative with seven urban New Jersey counties.