Healthy Neighborhoods Detroit
An economic and neighborhood revitalization approach integrating healthcare, education and training, and affordable housing.
There are three former hospital campuses, located on the east side of Detroit, Riverview, Conner Creek, and Samaritan in varying stages of redevelopment. Each property will serve as a nerve center for the neighborhoods they serve providing access points to high quality healthcare, education and training, senior living, work force living, convenience retail and a host of other related services. When the various redeveloped campuses are added together the initiative will provide a unique array of services, in some cases linked, for all people living and working on the east side of Detroit. (Healthy Neighborhoods does not own or plan to own the properties).
We will build a collaborative 21st century solution for an improved system of community health in Detroit by linking investment in healthcare, education and training and access to affordable housing in a manner that supports transformation of the economy of Detroit and contributes to neighborhood revitalization leading to measurable, sustainable, improvements in health and quality of life of those served.
What is the crisis affecting the city of Detroit? If you answered health care access and the disparities therein, you are correct. If you answered living wages for low-income families, again you are correct. If you answered, education and training opportunities for entry level career paths, once more you are correct. And, what about safe affordable quality housing? From a health care perspective, the fundamental issue in this crisis is convenient non-discriminatory access to health care services at all levels, from primary care to urgent and emergency care. From an economic development perspective, new strategies are needed to transform an industrial –aged city into a thriving community of the 21st century. Since health care is one of the few sectors projected to add jobs in the near future, strategies linking investments in health care and education are essential.
Picture Mary, a single parent of three children, living in a safe affordable home in the same neighborhood where she attends health care training classes. The classes are geared for Mary to become a patient care technician and once completed, the entry level position could lead to a career in healthcare. As Mary makes her way to class every morning, she drops off her two youngest children, Michael and Gabriel, at Head Start for preschool, located on the first floor of the building where Mary’s classes take place.
One day, Mary’s oldest child Raphael wakes up ill and needs immediate medical attention. Mary takes him to the Urgent Care Center, conveniently located on the first floor of the building where most of the family attends school. After a careful assessment of Raphael’s illness, the patient coordinator determines that the health care required, as well as necessary follow-up care, can be obtained through the adjacent Health Center. So the family is referred to the Health Center across the way and linked to a primary care physician, and Mary will not have to miss any of her class time.
The above scenario is just one example of what a holistic community can provide—access to education and training for a health care career, safe and affordable housing within walking distance to school, and convenient access to quality health care at the same location.