Forbes, May 18, 2018
Ellie Kincaid

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[...] The $200 million investment is part of Kaiser Permanente’s new Thriving Communities Fund and continues the health system’s previous work with community-based organizations addressing homelessness. More and more, hospitals and healthcare companies are addressing so-called “social determinants of health” like housing and food security in addition to providing traditional medical care.

“There’s not a way you can be as healthy as you can be without stable housing,” said Bechara Choucair, chief community health officer of Kaiser Permanente.

Through the fund, Kaiser Permanente will support programs to preserve affordable housing that already exists, increase the amount of affordable housing in a community and provide wraparound services that help people keep their housing, Dr. Choucair said. [...]

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