May 9, 2017

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Awards Four Pay for Success Projects with Grants and Support

A Message from President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton:

It is my pleasure to announce that the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has selected four organizations to participate in Pay for Success developmental projects:

  • The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo in Buffalo, New York

  • Health Net of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being in Memphis, Tennessee 

  • Partners for a Healthier Community in Springfield, Massachusetts

During the course of each 12-month engagement, GHHI will provide cash subgrants and technical assistance to each awardee and local partners, to develop Pay for Success projects addressing the social determinants of health.

Research shows that the social determinants of health have a significant impact on health outcomes, yet remain disproportionally under-funded in today’s healthcare system. Pay for Success provides one financing solution for many evidence-based, public health interventions, and has the potential to accelerate healthcare delivery transformation nation-wide.

These projects are generously supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which—through the Social Innovation Fund—is providing GHHI and our awardees with grant funding to explore these projects.

We are excited begin our work and I look forward to sharing what we learn. I hope you will check back regularly or sign up for email updates on these groundbreaking projects! Please see below for our full press release.

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Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Awards Four Pay for Success Projects with Grants and Support

GHHI will advance four Pay for Success (PFS) projects benefitting low-income families through providing comprehensive services and addressing social determinants of health

Baltimore, MD May 9, 2017—The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), following a national competition, has awarded grants and support to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), Health Net of West Michigan (Grand Rapids, MI), Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being (Memphis, TN), and Partners for a Healthier Community (Springfield, MA) to advance their Pay for Success (PFS) projects.

GHHI is providing these grants and services through funding awarded last year from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) to support SIF Pay for Success projects that address social determinants of health. These awards will build off of the past work of the SIF projects to assess the feasibility of the PFS financing model and advance high quality, promising projects towards launch.

Each of the PFS projects focuses on providing comprehensive services to asthmatics in low income communities. These services include home-based care and addressing environmental triggers of asthma such as pests and mold. These services will lead to better health and quality of life outcomes for families and reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to asthma, saving health care costs. Prior work has shown that a PFS transaction is feasible, and GHHI will be working with the awardees to pilot the home-based services, work with their state Medicaid programs on any needed policies to advance PFS, and engage partners such as potential investors as the projects advance towards launch.

“We are honored to build upon the great work over the last couple years and advance these promising projects that will bring much needed services for families,” said Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI President & CEO. “Through utilizing pay for success, we will help our partners scale home-based interventions for asthma. To truly impact the health of populations, we need to move beyond the walls of the hospital and clinics, and these four projects will establish a mechanism to truly scale services that address social determinants of health.”

“Today’s announcement will help build a powerful pipeline to take more Pay for Success projects from feasibility to implementation said Lois Nembhard, acting director of the Social Innovation Fund at CNCS. “We are thrilled to support the expansion of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative’s work in providing customized developmental support for these four projects to advance health equity and address the social determinants of health.”

About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families. Formerly known as the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, GHHI provides evidence-based direct services and technical assistance to create healthy, safe, and energy efficient homes. GHHI’s end goal is to improve health, economic, and social outcomes for low-income families while reducing public and private healthcare costs. To learn more, please visit www.ghhi.org/payforsuccess and follow us @HealthyHousing.

About the Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. SIF positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—using public and private resources to find and grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of results. The Social Innovation Fund focuses on overcoming challenges confronting low-income Americans in three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. To learn more, visit www.nationalservice.gov/sif.

media inquiries

For more information about the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative or to arrange an interview with our President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton, members of the media should contact:

ghhi@berlinrosen.com