Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance Awarded $100,000 Hearst Health Prize for 2018
Annual Prize Given in Partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health
New York and Philadelphia
3/20/2018 12:00:00 AM
Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health, part of Jefferson University, today announced that the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance is the winner of the 2018 Hearst Health Prize for its program providing permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness. The $100,000 annual award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health.
The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, at the 18th annual Population Health Colloquium.
“All of us at Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance see this award as validating the growing belief that a truly integrated healthcare system must include appropriate, supportive, safe and affordable housing,” said Joe Finn, president and executive director of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance.
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance’s Home and Healthy for Good program provides permanent supportive housing to address chronic homelessness and overutilization of acute care and emergency care by removing barriers to housing. Tenants live in leased, independent apartments or shared living arrangements that are integrated into the community. They have access to a broad range of comprehensive, community-based services, including medical and mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, case management and vocational and life skills training.
Impact of the program:
- Home and Healthy for Good has resulted in a 78 percent reduction in utilization of emergency services within the first six months of housing; there is an increased utilization of mainstream systems of preventive and primary care.
- Prior to entering the program, 29 percent of the participants were satisfied with their health. After housing, 63 percent of the participants reported satisfaction with health.
- Since its founding, 981 adults experiencing chronic homelessness have been placed in permanent housing across Massachusetts.
- Two thirds of the total Home and Healthy for Good population is either still housed or has left the program to move on to another type of permanent housing.
Dorn commented: “This program works in a unique way with non-profit organizations for housing, using an evidence-based approach for measuring and managing its impact. They have demonstrated how addressing a fundamental social need can generate meaningful health and financial outcomes.”
“Awarding the Hearst Health Prize to Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance acknowledges that housing and health are intertwined,” Nash said. “The provision of housing and related services are interventions that have an impact on issues such as readmissions, addiction, employment, mental health and preventive healthcare.”
In addition to the $100,000 award to the winner, $25,000 has been awarded to each of the two finalists. To learn more about their leading programs, watch the videos below.
The Hearst Health Prize applications were evaluated based on the program's population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement; use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care; promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement; scalability and sustainability; and innovation. Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance was the highest scoring in these criteria based on evaluation by a distinguished panel of judges.
For additional information about the Hearst Health Prize, please visit www.jefferson.edu/HearstHealthPrize.
About Hearst Health
The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (www.hearsthealth.com). Hearst also holds a minority interest in the precision medicine and oncology analytics company M2Gen. The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85 percent of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 70 million home health visits and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions.
About the Jefferson College of Population Health
Established in 2008, JCPH is part of Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), a leader in interdisciplinary, hands-on, professional education, and home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. JCPH is dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Its mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health policies and systems that will improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life. JCPH provides exemplary graduate academic programming in population health, public health, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and applied health economics and outcomes research. Its educational offerings are enhanced by research, publications and continuing education and professional development offerings in these areas.
About the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is a nonprofit, public policy organization with the mission of ending homelessness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through collaboration, education, housing, and the implementation of outcome-based programs. MHSA is dedicated to innovative solutions that reduce public reliance on emergency resources and that focus on a Housing First approach through rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing. MHSA works with nearly 100 community-based agencies that serve homeless individuals across Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.mhsa.net.
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