New York City Housing Guide Highlights GNYHA Initiatives

March 9, 2020

Community stakeholders continue to highlight GNYHA activities to support member hospital and health system efforts around social determinants of health (SDH). GNYHA has specifically supported member efforts on population health strategies and the shift to value-based payment arrangements. Information on GNYHA’s SDH programming and resources are available here.

The New York Academy of Medicine’s recently released What Housing Resources Exist for My Patients? A Guide for NYC Healthcare Providers references GNYHA’s Training Primary Care Residents on Social Determinants of Health, which was developed to train primary care residents to address patients’ social needs. The curriculum helps residency programs at member teaching hospitals create better partnerships with the community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide social and other services to community members being cared for in member hospitals. GNYHA’s online resource directory, the Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE), which links patients to housing-related services, was listed in the housing guide. HITE is a reference tool that helps professionals working with community members find the support that individuals need.

The Academy’s housing guide equips New York City-based health care providers with tools to discuss housing stability, affordability, and quality with their patients and connect them to organizations that can address those issues. The guide also lists resources for housing and financial stability, including Medicaid Health Homes, citywide government programs, legal assistance organizations, and other hotlines and online materials. The guide was developed as part of the New York City Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP), which supports population health and health equity efforts. GNYHA participates on the PHIP Steering Committee convened to develop and promote SDH and health equity efforts for all New Yorkers. GNYHA was pleased to contribute to the guide as part of its continued efforts to help member hospitals address SDH through social needs screenings, interventions, and partnerships with CBOs.