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 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. However, residents face barriers to access these services. This impacts their health and ability to remain independent in the community.
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.