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Having and knowing where to access health and social services and resources is important for preventing and managing chronic health conditions. ​


From 2014-2018, Boston REACH: Partners in Health and Housing is working to:    

  • Increase health care provider capacity to screen, counsel, and refer patients to community-based services and resources ​
  • Form partnerships to fill gaps in needed services and resources 
  • Increase Boston Housing Authority (BHA) resident awareness and utilization of health and social services in their communities 
  • Promote  BHA resident involvement in planning and guiding community health, social services, and resources ​

Initiatives​
  • Integrating food insecurity screenings and referrals into clinical workflows and systems 
  • Increasing the availability of affordable, healthy food at local health centers
  • Training healthcare providers, BHA resident leaders, and other community members on providing support to people who want to quit smoking
  • Improving ​HelpSteps (a web-based tool that searches for local health and social services) including the development of a free app (available on iTunes and GooglePlay) and teaching BHA residents how to use it 

  • Engaging BHA residents via Community Advisory Boards of local health centers to inform services provided
  • Promoting youth leadership development at local health centers
  • Improving BHA resident access to community-based health and social services 

Learn more about our work to expand the use of HelpSteps in this May 2016 discussion paper published by the National Academy of Medicine.


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   Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


 ​Last updated 10.3.2018​
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