We are delighted to share today’s news that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has been selected in a national competition by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) to join Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in exploring a Pay for Success (PFS) model to fund home-based asthma
interventions, including remediation of asthma triggers and resident education.
On behalf of our team, we want to thank GHHI for the opportunity to be part of this groundbreaking
partnership. We also offer our sincere gratitude to the Corporation for National and
Community Service (CNCS),
which—through the Social Innovation Fund—is providing GHHI with the
grant funding to explore this project.
What Are We Doing?
working together to conduct a path-finding feasibility study. GHHI and Calvert Foundation will provide technical assistance to Memphis Habitat and Le Bonheur to assess viability of a Pay for Success (PFS) project
benefiting low-income children who suffer from asthma.
If we are successful,
children suffering from asthma as a result of poor quality housing will no
longer require frequent hospitalization. Affected children will spend more time
in the classroom, and their parents will spend more time at work.
Asthma-related healthcare costs will be lower for healthcare organizations and for
the families they serve.
Why it’s Important
contributing to this study, we are finding a new path to improved asthma care
and reduced healthcare costs, at local and national levels.
an ideal opportunity for transformational impact in the care and treatment of
asthma. “Research shows that 40 percent of asthma episodes are caused by
home-based environmental health hazards,” said Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI President &
CEO. “Much of this cost is born by medical and federal tax payer dollars,
yet these programs provide little to no resources to eradicate the root causes
of asthma. We have the opportunity to use housing as a platform to reduce the high
cost associated with repeated hospitalization and emergency department visits
due to asthma.”
This project will also
enable GHHI and Calvert Foundation to establish the evidence necessary to move
public policy and garner public support for similar, future projects across the
How Pay for Success Works
Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative, has the simple but vital goal of
finding solutions that work, and making them work for more people. Pay for Success is an innovative concept that
brings together private, public and nonprofit sectors to solve a social
problem. A private investor provides up-front funding to finance nonprofit
service delivery that benefits a healthcare entity, such as a local hospital.
If the services provided achieve agreed-upon outcomes, the healthcare entity
repays the investors. If the outcomes are not achieved, the public entity does
not pay, allowing the public sector to receive the highest return on taxpayer
investments. These projects are based on the asthma-focused PFS work being
explored in Baltimore through a partnership with GHHI, Calvert Foundation and
Johns Hopkins Hospital and Healthcare System.
We’re excited to get
started and look forward to sharing what we learn with our peers in
healthcare and housing. In the meantime, you can read more about the project on GHHI’s website.
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