Community-based nursing

Neighborcare Health nurses provide support for people in independent low-income public housing managed by the Seattle Housing Authority. Nurses serve individuals who have not necessarily had a long history of homelessness, but who may be aging, isolated, or face challenges to accessing health care. The goal is to help people be healthier and stay in their homes.

Nurses help with:

  • Foot and wound care
  • Managing ongoing (chronic) conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Understanding medications
  • Tips for exercise, healthy eating and other healthy lifestyle choices
  • Connections to a medical or dental provider in a health care home
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Finding other resources, such as walkers and wheel chairs

Seattle Housing Authority sites with community-based nurses

  • Bell Tower
  • Green Lake Plaza
  • Jefferson Terrace
  • Westwood Heights

 

Community health workers

Community health workers actively assist individuals and families in Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Terrace community live healthier lives. They live or have lived in the communities they serve, and help fellow residents navigate the health care system, connect to medical and dental care, and offer health screenings and other resources.

Community health workers understand that health is about more than a visit with a doctor. They also connect their neighbors to needs such as assistance for food and utility bills, environmental health assessments, and job resources. They also organize activities such as walking groups, women’s social hours, bingo, and community cooking.

For more information about community-based nursing and community health workers, contact our Public Housing Programs Administrator at 206-548-3231.