Addressing chronic disease within supportive housing programs

Benjamin F. Henwood, Victoria Stanhope, Rickie Brawer, Lara Carson Weinstein, James Lawson, Edward Stwords, Cornelius Crossan

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Background: Tenants of supportive housing have a high burden of chronic health conditions. Objectives: To examine the feasibility of developing a tenantinvolved health promotion initiative within a "housing first" agency using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework. Methods: Qualitative analyses of nine research capacitybuilding group meetings and fifteen individual pre- and post-interviews with those who completed a chronic disease self-management program, resulting in the development of several themes. Results: Tenants of supportive housing successfully partnered with health care providers to implement a chronic disease self-management program, noting that "health care becomes 'relevant' with housing." Conclusions: Supportive housing organizations are wellsituated to implement health promotion initiatives. Such publicly subsidized housing that is accompanied by comprehensive supports must also include self-management training to help people overcome both internal and external barriers to addressing chronic health needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health care disparities
  • Homeless persons
  • Housing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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