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Can Housing Become the Next Great Healthcare Solution? Tomorrow's IForum Examines this Possibility and More

15 May 2018

Healthcare and housing. Two complex systems that both deal with how to best serve people in need. But what if you were to take these two ideas and put them together to prevent, or even solve, health-related issues? It could have game-changing ramifications.

This Wednesday morning a special IForum event will explore this very possibility in a program titled Integrating Health and Housing: Sustainable Solutions through Systemic Change. This is the final program in a powerful five-part IForum series hosted by the Partnership for Strong Communities, a Hartford-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to end homelessness in Connecticut, expand affordable housing options, and build strong communities across the state.

The Partnership, through its IForum series discusses important topics with hopes of generating new ideas, innovation, and inspiring positive change. On May 16 the future of Connecticut and our nation will come into focus on how to devise a sustainable healthcare and housing system that works in tandem.

“We’re excited to discuss this important topic,” says Terry Nowakowski, Chief Operating Officer at the Partnership. “We’re expecting influential individuals from across the health and housing spectrum to attend the event as we hear from local and national leaders who will discuss sustainable healthcare reform with integration of housing. It is going to be a stimulating conversation of innovative ideas for systems-level change.”

Among topics to be discussed will be financial investments, new approaches and partnerships, and how policy and healthcare reform are improving the equity of healthcare in states across the country. Additional subjects will include: healthcare reform efforts in Connecticut, the role of Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers, Community Care Teams and Coordinated Access Networks, and the opioid crisis from a local perspective.

The IForum, presented by United Health Foundation, will feature Andy McMahon as keynote speaker. McMahon is Vice President of Policy/Health and Human Services at United Healthcare. Following McMahon’s keynote, a panel of experts from across the health and housing continuum will continue a moderated discussion. Following each session, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions to the speakers.

Integrating Health and Housing: Sustainable Solutions through Systemic Change is free and open to the public, and takes place from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Lyceum in Hartford (227 Lawrence Street). Parking is complimentary, and the event kicks off with registration, a light breakfast and conversation from 8:30 am - 9:00 am, followed by the main program from 9:00 am – 11:30 am.

“It’s going to be great,” said Nowakowski. “So far over 150 people have registered, and we hope you can come to listen, learn, and make your voice heard to help us strengthen our communities.”

Online registration is currently closed, but walk-ins are welcome.
For a full list of panelists, please visit this link
To help support our work, general contributions to the Partnership are encouraged and welcome.

For More Info Contact:
Mark Walerysiak Jr.
Communications & Development
Partnership for Strong Communities
p: 860-244-0066