How Health Center Care Teams Can Address Health and Housing for Patients Involved With the Justice System
Resource Topic: Emerging Issues, Promising Practice, Quality Improvement, Special and Vulnerable Populations
Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.
Keywords: Access to Care, Health Care Facilities, Health Systems, Housing.
Year Developed: 2021
Resource Type: Publication
Primary Audience: Administrative Staff
Board of Directors
C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.)
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium
(See other resources developed by this organization).
Resource Summary: This issue brief aims to provide an overview of both the civil and criminal justice systems
in the United States. It also describes the cyclical relationship between those systems and housing insecurity
(including homelessness). Based on this foundation, the brief outlines potential workflow considerations for health
centers working to reduce health disparities for patients and families.
Resource Details: Health centers are on the front lines of providing care and resources to communities faced with one or more social
determinants of health (SDOH), including housing security and involvement with the justice system. The effects
of these determinants ripple outwards from the experiences of individual patients to their families, communities,
and, potentially, the larger health center population. It is critical that health center staff thoroughly understand the
justice and housing landscapes, including the ways in which those sectors interact with the healthcare system and
affect clinical outcomes.