Pub­lic health, pub­lic hous­ing

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: “Health or­ga­ni­za­tions tar­get dis­par­i­ties,” Mod­ern­Health­care.com, July 18: I read with in­ter­est your re­cent ar­ti­cle an­nounc­ing an ini­tia­tive on the part of our pre-em­i­nent health or­ga­ni­za­tions to ad­dress health dis­par­i­ties. In the ab­sence of de­tails, I wanted to bring an ap­proach to your at­ten­tion that would per­mit these or­ga­ni­za­tions to more eas­ily co­or­di­nate their ef­fort.

I am with the New York City Hous­ing Au­thor­ity and re­spon­si­ble for health pro­grams that will im­prove the health sta­tus and qual­ity of life for res­i­dents of pub­lic hous­ing. Sur­vey data here and in other lo­cal­i­ties have in­di­cated that res­i­dents of pub­lic hous­ing man­i­fest many of the dis­par­i­ties that need to be ad­dressed as com­pared to the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. Per­haps (the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion) and the na­tional health or­ga­ni­za­tions should con­sider con­cen­trat­ing their ef­forts on pub­lic hous­ing res­i­dents?

Richard Greene Jr. Di­rec­tor, res­i­dent sup­port ser­vices New York City Hous­ing Au­thor­ity

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