Since 2014, all health centers must report whether or not they are located in or are accessible to public housing on the UDS report (table 4, line 26). This requirement necessitates an assessment of a health center’s accessibility to public housing, but it also prompts health center staff to consider the ways in which patients who are residents of public housing are engaged and access care both within and outside of the clinic walls.
NNCC has administered three learning collaboratives with cohorts of health center participants (and other community partners) to identify opportunities to enhance services for residents of public housing.
The [learning collaborative], supported by the NNCC, provided a wealth of information and best practice guidance. I appreciated the expert knowledge and the opportunity to collaborate with other participants in our efforts to provide health care services to the vulnerable and underserved public housing residents. I would highly encourage others to consider engaging in the NNCC education and training resources!