WIN’s 2023 Hall of Fame honoree, Mercy Health, is being recognized for its overall approach to holistic health that attempts to reduce longstanding health disparities by addressing underlying social needs. The healthcare system believes that to truly impact the health and well-being of communities, it must engage with patients and the community communities to create a healthcare system that works for all. Mercy Health, along with First Ladies for Health and Robie Suggs, CEO and President of Warsaw Federal, will be recognized at WIN’s November 16 celebration at the Hyatt.
During COVID-19, the healthcare system provided financial assistance and supportive programming to nearly 200 households, preventing eviction and foreclosure. In addition, Mercy Health was the first health system in the region to invest in the Affordable Housing Leverage Fund, aimed at increasing the availability of affordable housing.
Working In Neighborhoods (WIN) collaborated with the healthcare system when they launched a 21-month eviction and foreclosure prevention program in Roselawn and Bond Hill, where the system’s hub is located. WIN executive director, S. Barbara Busch, said, “Mercy Health recognizes that health and stable housing are linked. The initiative that we partnered with them on reduced the economic impact of COVID-19 on people struggling to make ends meet so they didn’t have to choose between paying for housing, food, medical care, and other essentials.”
WIN applauds Mercy Health for its outstanding efforts to improve longstanding health disparities by addressing the underlying social needs that negatively impact people’s health.
Learn more about WIN’s Hall of Fame event and how to purchase tickets at https://wincincy.org/hof/