Health Equity

Partnership for Strong Communities

2017 - $75,000

The Partnership for Strong Communities will investigate why people of color are underrepresented in effective programs for homeless patients known as community care teams. The teams bridge the gap between health care and other community providers to better meet the needs of patients who frequently go to the emergency department. Even though people of color are disproportionately homeless, 70 percent of those served by community care teams are white. This grant will enable the Partnership for Strong Communities to examine why fewer minorities are referred to community care teams, develop mechanisms to standardize reporting whether patients are homeless in electronic medical record systems, and recommend policies to address issues with reporting and tracking homelessness among patients.

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