Original Research| Volume 17, ISSUE 6, P718-722, June 2021

A Novel Partnership With Low-Income Housing to Support Healthy Aging

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      • Academia and subsidized housing partner to increase access to care for older adults.
      • Low-income seniors have more chronic illnesses and prescriptions than general public.
      • Higher concentration of racial minorities and independent dwellers among patients.
      • Transportation identified as a barrier to accessing health care and food resources.
      • Further research needed to investigate refusal of care and treatment adherence.


      This descriptive cohort study describes the pilot project of a novel partnership between a university college of nursing and 2 low-income housing organizations serving older adults. The partnership allowed for the creation of onsite primary care clinics eliminating transportation as a barrier to care. Data from intake visits and medical record audits indicated this patient population had a higher prevalence of health disparities, such as more chronic conditions, medications, depression, anxiety, and isolation, than the general United States population older than 65 years. Further research is needed to understand patients’ decision to engage or not engage in services.


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      Della L. Hughes Carter, DNP, GNP-BC is an assistant professor in the Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, and can be contacted at [email protected]


      Sarah J. Faubert, MSW, MPA was the project manager for this grant at the Grand Valley State University Family Health Center, Grand Rapids, MI.


      Elizabeth Henschel, BSN, RN is a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at the Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.