In January 2015, the New York City Population Health Improvement Program (NYC PHIP) was launched as a collaboration between the Fund for Public Health in New York, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), the United Hospital Fund (UHF), and The New York Academy of Medicine (the Academy). The NYC PHIP, one of 11 such bodies around the state, is funded by the New York State Department of Health. It is tasked with aligning various health reform activities to support population health, promoting the "Triple Aim" of better care, lower health care costs, and better health for New York City (NYC) residents, and supporting the City in achieving the health equity targets outlined in Take Care New York 2020 (TCNY2020)--the City's blueprint to address health equity. Each year, the Academy conducts focus groups on selected topics, gathering community perspectives to generate recommendations on how to best achieve health equity in NYC in order to inform the work of the NYC PHIP and its partners. In 2017, the focus group topic was housing, including the impact of housing on physical and mental health, as well as relevant barriers to and supports for healthy housing conditions. The report is intended to be used by the NYCDOHMH in its efforts to bridge the health and housing sectors in order to promote healthy housing in low income NYC neighborhoods and tailor programs and policies to meet the needs of specific communities and populations. It is being made publicly available to be of use to those working at the intersection of housing and health.
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