There is an ongoing problem in emergency rooms across the country. A small contingent of visitors — often poor and afflicted with disease like diabetes, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, mental illness, and substance abuse — account for a disproportionately large amount of ER-related healthcare costs. Commonly referred to as "frequent fliers," a significant percentage of this group also is chronically homeless.
Chronic homelessness is one of society's most intractable social issues, and it bears devastating health consequences. The chronically homeless have an increased risk of poor outcomes from persistent disease, and they live up to 15 years less than the average American. UI Health believes that one of the first steps to improving the health of these patients is by helping them secure permanent housing with a steadfast support system. Because of this, UI Health launched Better Health Through Housing.
Come hear how UI Health is playing a role in this crisis with an innovative way to assist the homeless population. The talk will be presented by Stephen Brown, MSW LCSW, who is a faculty member and Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health).
October 29 @ 12:30 pm
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UI Health Better Health Through Housing
Better Health Through Housing, a partnership with the Center for Housing and Health, aims to reduce healthcare costs and provide stability for the chronically homeless by moving individuals directly from hospital emergency rooms into stable, supportive housing, with intensive case management. The UI Health Hospital & Clinics committed $250,000 to help launch the initiative, and it is the only Chicago-area hospital working on this type of healthcare-and-housing enterprise.
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