The Brooklyn Health & Housing Consortium
The Brooklyn Health & Housing Consortium formed after a year-long assessment of the health and housing needs of Sunset Park and neighboring areas in Southwest Brooklyn, completed in early 2018. Spearheaded by faculty members from NYU Langone Health’s Department of Population Health who develop and lead NYULH’s community benefit initiatives, the Brooklyn Consortium follows a similar model to the Bronx Consortium.
With an initial focus on Southwest Brooklyn, we invited members of area hospitals and community based organizations to join the Brooklyn Consortium steering committee to set the goals and priorities for the Consortium. The first meeting was held in June 2018, and the committee has met quarterly since. The mission of the Brooklyn Consortium is to be a collaborative network of healthcare, housing, and community providers with the shared goal of strengthening and integrating health care and housing systems at the policy, operational, and individual patient or client levels.
For more information about the Brooklyn Consortium, please email Harmony Arcilla at Harmony.Arcilla@nyulangone.org.
Please see below to view some of the Brooklyn Consortium’s acitivities since launching in September 2018.
Research & Advocacy
Collaborating with the Bronx Health & Housing Consortium on the Hospital Homeless Count and report.
Faciliting interagency case conferences focused on improving coordination and communications between emergency department and in-patient hospital staff and supportive housing, homeless street outreach and social service organizations.
Trainings & Education
Organizing trainings with the Legal Aid Society and Breaking Ground on topics such as Preventing Evictions, Rent Arrears Grants, Public Assistance Eligibility, and Homeless Services 101.
Convening Brooklyn hospitals and managed care organizations to discuss the need for medical respite.
Co-authored a paper with the Bronx Health & Housing Consortium on “The Development of Health and Housing Consortia in New York City” which was accepted for publication in the April 2020 issue of Health Affairs on Integrating Health and Human Services.