Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers will receive $1 million in funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for a project aimed at addressing social determinants of health.

The goal of the project is to reduce housing instability and address health inequities among Sixteenth Street’s patients and community, who are primarily Latino and live below the federal poverty line.

¨Interventions on the patient, organization and community levels are necessary to break the cycle of seemingly insurmountable obstacles that generation after generation of individuals suffer and to get people on a sustainable path to wellness,” said Julie Schuller, president and CEO of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.

The project aims to better understand how socio-economic factors, such as housing insecurity, propagate health disparities on the south side of Milwaukee. Sixteenth Street said it will use that information to develop a collaborative model for health care and social services to close health gaps and improve outcomes.

The model will focus on patient-centered screening and interventions and data sharing across agencies to ensure a sustainable, systematic change to approaching and addressing social determinants in Sixteenth Street’s primary care practice.

Michelle Corbett, associate researcher at the Center for Urban Population Health, will serve as the academic partner and lead evaluator on this project.

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