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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 ​

  • 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.


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

 ​Last updated 10.3.2018​
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