Community Impact: Big Idea Talk
What’s possible when communities help fill healthcare cracks and gaps?
Community nurse Kathey Avery shares the story of a father and son who were falling through healthcare cracks. For them and others, health issues in subsidized and public housing can lead to eviction and unstable physical and mental health. Residents are on limited budgets, have a higher incidence of chronic disease, and are at greater risk for a shortened life expectancy. Many residents are eligible to receive services from social services and healthcare organizations which may impact health and their ability to remain independent in the community. However, residents face barriers to access these services. So even though they are eligible, many residents are not connected.
In response, Kathey’s team connected care and resources to the family and others by training community health workers and community nurses embedded in the community.