Public Housing and Health

Training & Technical Assistance team members at NNCC work at the intersection of health centers and public housing to identify trends in public housing that directly influence health center programming and residents served at the centers. Abbottsford Falls, a nurse-managed health center in Philadelphia and an NNCC partner, was one of the first health centers to receive special population funding through HRSA’s launch of the public housing primary care (PHPC) program in the early 1990s. The center successfully increased access to health care for residents of the Abbottsford public housing development. NNCC advances the mission of health centers like Abbottsford by developing and implementing cutting edge training and technical assistance for health center providers and staff.

  • Serving Residents of Public Housing: NNCC provides guidance and resources for health centers to complete public housing in line 26 of UDS Table 4. Through training and 1:1 technical assistance, NNCC helps health center representatives identify their center’s proximity to public housing and accessibility of the residents to health care.
  • Building Health Center Capacity: NNCC provides health centers the tools and techniques required to assess opportunities and viability to expand health care access to residents of public housing. This includes vetting of change of scope and preliminary assessment of new access points eligibility as well as strategic partnerships to engage with when reviewing expansion opportunities.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number and title for grant amount (under grant number U30CS09736, a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement (NCA) for $1,350,000, and is 100% financed by this grant). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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Kristine Gonnella, MPH
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