The Mel King Institute report library houses research reports and policy briefs relevant to the community development sector from organizations all over the country.
Report Title:| Year: 2017Description:
This paper is the result of interviews with a dozen such institutions, as well as a literature review that looked more broadly at social determinants of health, how hospitals were fulfilling their anchor mission through procurement and recruitment, as well as investment, and how population health initiatives were engaging hospitals in the communities outside their clinic walls. We found that health institutions utilized a wide variety of strategies to invest in improving social determinants of health in their communities. They used a range of resources, selected a variety of types of investment vehicles, targeted diverse interventions, and partnered with a range of other organizations, from community groups and nonprofits to other anchors, foundations, and local government. By looking systematically at the early examples of hospitals that are making community investments, we hope to ease the way for other institutions to tread this path, ultimately to arrive at healthier communities.
This year’s publication focuses on the compelling and inspiring work being undertaken in collaboration with a range of health care institutions, health care practitioners, community activists, and CDCs, all working to advance Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Each in its own way is working hard to build a healthier, more sustainable society through flourishing neighborhoods where zip code does not determine how long or how well one lives.
Report Title:| Year: 2018Description:
The impact of housing on health is now being widely considered by policy makers. Housing is one of the best-researched social determinants of health, and selected housing interventions for low-income people have been found to improve health outcomes and decrease health care costs. As a result, many health care systems, payers, and government entities are seeking to better understand the totality of the health and housing literature to determine where they might intervene effectively. This brief outlines the literature and provides high-level direction for future research and policy agendas.
Report Title:| Year: 2019Description:
Funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation, the National Housing Conference (NHC) convened a series of health and housing working group meetings to bring together practitioners from both the nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing sphere with health care organizations. The objective was to explore practical and actionable ways that housing developers can work together with health systems and managed care organizations to build new affordable housing units while reducing unreimbursed medical costs in high-cost populations. Over the course of nine months, the group worked to identify the necessary next steps in order to foster more direct investment by health organizations in affordable housing, while identifying challenges that continue to require mitigating strategies.
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