Community health center patients more likely to cite housing struggles, JAMA reports
Housing problems are often linked to poor health outcomes. Like other social determinants of health, people who can’t rely on steady housing will likely have difficulties staying on top of their health, adhering to medication and making appointments. In their conclusion, the study authors suggested CHCs consider universal screening of housing status for patients.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program offered primary care to more than 25 million “medically underserved patients” in 2016. They provided care in CHCs, migrant health centers, public housing primary care clinics and healthcare for the homeless programs.