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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.) Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language: English

Developed by: 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.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.