Affordable Housing, Community Development, Homelessness, Supportive Housing

5/21 IForum: Better Healthcare, Lower Costs and Homelessness


The 5th event of the 2013 IForum series organized by the Partnership for Strong Communities will be on Tuesday, May 21.  

Health Care, Housing & Homelessness: Target. Connect. Save.


NOTE: This event is at capacity. If you are interested in attending and have not yet registered, please contact us to be placed on the waitlist.

A key question in the fight to end homelessness: how to best serve frequent users of emergency departments and other expensive health services?  To save money and achieve better outcomes, linking coordinated care with permanent supportive housing makes perfect sense.  But it’s not easy.  It requires vigorous targeting and data analysis to find and track these people, and strong collaboration between professionals in homelessness/housing and health care to harmonize different work cultures, practices, jargon, funding streams and public policy.

The event will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. James O'Connell of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program.  Over three decades Dr. O’Connell has helped build the nation’s most comprehensive approach to the health needs of people in homelessness, using solid data collection and research to prove their efficacy.  He still treats his patients who are homeless, in the hospital and clinic where they receive sophisticated care, and also where he finds them while doing outreach on the streets, under bridges and at shelters.  He was recently awarded the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, which has been given to U.S. Presidents, surgeons general and other leaders that improve the social determinants of health.

Many of the most frequent consumers of emergency and other expensive health care resources are homeless. Coordinating housing with support services and quality health care can improve individual and community health while reducing hospital and public sector costs.

How does Connecticut stack up? What strengths and opportunities can Connecticut build upon? Where must we channel our efforts?

Professionals on Connecticut’s front lines of integrating health care and homelessness will address challenges and opportunities in improving daily practice and public policy:

  • Jill Benson - Community Health Resources (CHR)
    VP of Systems Operation
    Jill plays a key role in CHR’s provision of comprehensive behavioral healthcare and supportive housing ,  including treatment access and triage, healthcare reform program development, integrated care and care management.
  • Kevin Irwin - Corporation for Supportive Housing
    Senior Program Manager
    Kevin provides technical assistance and oversight of CSH initiatives that employ innovative strategies to identify, house, and support highly vulnerable people across CT.  He leads the Health Care & Housing Stability work group of Opening Doors-CT and the Reaching Home Campaign.
  • Dr. Michael Saxe, M.D. – Middlesex Hospital
    Chairman of Dept. of Emergency Medicine & Senior Attending Physician
    Helped reinvigorate the care coordination model formally known as MISA into the Community Care Team. An initiative in Middlesex County that brings together key stakeholders, identify patients with multiple repeat admissions and connects them with appropriate services and housing.

Join us as we discuss innovative national, state and local efforts to facilitate better collaboration between housing, health care and community based social services.

More info:

Tuesday, May 21
The Lyceum. 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT (Click here for directions)
8:30-9:00 a.m.  Conversation, coffee
9:00-11:30 a.m.  Program

This event is at capacity. If you are interested in attending and have not yet registered, please contact to be placed on the waitlist. (If you do not receive an email confirmation within 2 business days, please contact Laura Bachman at 860-244-0066.)

Click here for a flyer of the May 21 IForum.

Click here to read more about the 2013 IForum series. 


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