On August 13th, CHS hosted Secretary Teresa Miller from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services along with leaders from UPMC and UPMC Health Plan at the Liberty Avenue offices to discuss our collaboration on the Cultivating Health for Success program. Cultivating Health for Success provides housing, case management, and linkage to health care to about 25 people each year who have faced chronic homelessness and health conditions.
At the event, UPMC announced their intention to expand the program over the next several years to serve around 250 people each year, which would be a huge increase to help meet the needs of people in our community.
Over the first five years of the program, participants have seen tremendous outcomes: 51 out of 60 participants were successfully and permanently housed. The stable housing, connections to their communities, and coordinated case management resulted in an overall cost savings of $6,384 for each person per year. Participants in the program also had 42% fewer unplanned health expenses compared to similar individuals not enrolled in the program while at the same time having more primary care and specialist visits and an increase in taking their prescriptions, which are all indicators that they are better able to manage their physical and mental health and wellness.
Pictured above: Secretary Teresa Miller from the Department of Human Services with Jeremy Carter, Chief Housing Officer, and Jon Hoffmann, Chief Operating Officer.