Track 6 - Addressing the Social Determinates of Health Through Partnerships

Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

G2 - Health and Housing: The Link between Building Self-Sufficiency in Public Housing Communities

Wednesday, July 11
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon H

Addressing the social determinants of health is the solution to moving communities towards health equity. Public housing communities in Richmond, VA, are experiencing change as the system moves towards mixed-income housing. Residents often experience economic hardship, fear, violence, underemployment, substance abuse, and inequality that persist even after housing improves. To address this, Richmond City Health District employs Family Transition Coaches to provide case management and counseling services to support residents. Through a combination of on-site, affordable, and culturally relevant clinical and case management services, Richmond City Health District strives to improve the health of public housing communities and empower residents in moving toward self-sufficiency.

Keywords

Access/Care Coordination, Health Equity, Partnerships & Collaborations

Schanea Ward, BSW

Creighton Court Family Transition Coach for Seniors
Richmond City Health District

Schanea Ward, BSW is one three Family Transition Coaches employed by the Richmond City Health District in Richmond, Virginia. Schanea and her teammates foster health among residents of the Creighton Court public housing community by supporting sustainable transitions from traditional public housing to thriving mixed incomes neighborhoods. As a Transition Coach, she works with senior residents living in the Creighton Court community. Before assuming this role, Schanea served older adults throughout Richmond via her work with Richmond City Parks and Recreation, Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, and PK Management. She earned her degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Scott J. Andrews-Weckerly, MSW LSW

Creighton Court Family Transition Coach
Richmond City Health District

Scott Andrews-Weckerly, MSW, LSW, is one three Family Transition Coaches employed by the Richmond City Health District in Richmond, Virginia. Scott and his teammates foster health among residents of the Creighton Court public housing community by supporting sustainable transitions from traditional public housing to thriving mixed incomes neighborhoods. Before assuming this role, Scott practiced HIV social work in New York City for five years. He holds degrees from Elon College (NC) and the University of Southern California.

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Niki Patterson Russel, MSW

Family Transition Coach
Richmond City Health District

Nikki Patterson-Russel, MSW is one of three Family Transition Coaches employed by the Richmond City Health District in Richmond, Virginia. Nikki and her teammates foster health among residents of the Creighton Court public housing community by supporting sustainable transitions from traditional public housing to thriving mixed incomes neighborhoods. Before assuming this role, Nikki provided case management and clinical services to residents throughout Richmond City and surrounding counties, which include but not limited to linkage to community resources, administering of mental health assessments as well as providing group and individual therapy under a license provider. She holds both of her degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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