Social determinants of health – factors such as access to healthy food, the availability of safe affordable housing, and public transportation for accessing education, jobs and medical care – contribute enormously to the health outcomes of individuals and communities. Variability in access to these key factors in Massachusetts has resulted in deep inequities in health outcomes across race and income. In an effort to reduce inequity and deliver better health outcomes, MPHA is partnering with healthcare providers, insurers, the state and other organizations to address these “upstream” health drivers. Our goal is to ensure that health care is delivered in a more efficient, cost-effective manner and with a greater focus on wellness, equity and prevention.
Convening the Alliance for Community Health Integration
The Alliance for Community Health Integration (ACHI) works to harness the Massachusetts health care system to promote health equity and address the social needs of patients. As a coalition of public health, consumer advocacy, social service, and community organizations, ACHI is uniquely positioned to strengthen connections between health care providers and social service organizations, advocate for more impactful hospital investments in local communities, and partner with healthcare leaders to promote affordable housing options for all Massachusetts residents.
Building Partnerships for Affordable Housing and Health Equity
MPHA is leading a statewide effort to bring together healthcare leaders and housing advocates to address the affordable housing crisis in Massachusetts and its impact on health outcomes statewide. In conjunction with our partners, we have developed the Massachusetts Principles for Healthy and Affordable Housing and are inviting a wide array of organizations to join us in endorsing this statement. We have also developed training tools to educate leaders within health care institutions about: 1) the housing policy landscape in Massachusetts, 2) the health impacts of inadequate healthy affordable housing, and 3) current health care & housing partnerships in Massachusetts.