St. Catherine's and CDPHP Announce Housing-Health Care Partnership
St. Catherine’s Center for Children and CDPHP are partnering in a new Housing is Health Care initiative that will offer housing support and critical health care services to some of CDPH’s most vulnerable members.
The partnership was announced at a joint press conference on December 21 attended by St. Catherine’s Executive Director Frank Pindiak and Dr. John D. Bennett, president and CEO of CDPHP. Also attending were New York State Assemblymember John McDonald, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
“It’s no secret that health care and housing are inextricably linked,” Dr. Bennett said at the press conference. “This partnership with St. Catherine’s Center for Children is just the beginning of our commitment to ensuring our members no longer have to visit the emergency department for shelter or a hot meal. We can do better than that.”
Access to adequate housing and health care are considered “social determinants of health”, issues which are often used to measure the well-being of individuals or communities. Government entities, health plans and hospitals, and human service providers such as St. Catherine’s are among those who are working to improve social determinants of health for at-risk populations throughout the Capital Region.
“We’re proud to partner with CDPHP on this important housing and health care initiative,” said St. Catherine’s Executive Director Frank Pindiak. “St. Catherine’s has been working with vulnerable populations throughout our history, and we’ve long understood the link between stable, affordable housing and good health."
Added Pindiak: "If you live on the streets on a bitter, cold winter night, you worry more about staying warm than getting a flu shot. If you are fortunate enough to have a home, but can barely afford your rent, buying food, and not filling your prescriptions, is your highest priority."
The new program will serve adults with multiple chronic conditions who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, in Albany, Columbia, and Greene counties. Members will be referred to the program by the CDPHP Care Team, area doctors, and social workers. Participants will receive intensive support from St. Catherine’s to obtain safe, affordable housing, with the addition of rental subsidies when needed.
Working within a “housing first” model, the St. Catherine’s team of homeless and housing services providers will coordinate the support services needed to keep participants stably housed and out of the emergency room or hospital.
Success will be measured through housing placement and retention milestones, as well as pre- and post- social determinants of health screenings. CDPHP will closely monitor other metrics, including primary care visits, gaps in care, ER use, inpatient admissions and readmissions, medication adherence, and more.
Other comments on the St. Catherine’s-CDPHP Housing is Health Care Initiative
“The partnership between CDPHP and St. Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany will be incredibly beneficial to the area. By working together, they will be able to provide housing support and critical services to those in the community who need it most.” —New York State Assemblymember John T. McDonald III
“Access to quality housing is a basic human necessity that allows our children to focus on education, gives parents the peace of mind they deserve and can prevent health problems in the future,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “This comprehensive initiative is another important step in our efforts to tackle these issues for those who need it most and I am so thrilled to have partners like CDPHP and St. Catharine’s Center for Children here in Albany County.” —Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
“This partnership is another example of how organizations can work together directly within our communities to positively address the social determinants of health. Thank you to CDPHP and St. Catherine’s Center for Children for once again committing themselves to assisting our most vulnerable neighbors.” —Albany Mayor Kathy Sheeha