This brief by Data Across Sectors for Health examines how Public Health – Seattle & King County is partnering with the King County Housing Authority and the Seattle Housing Authority to develop an integrated data system to establish regular and bi-directional exchange of health and housing data.
The result is de-identified data that can provide key information about the health issues facing residents. This information can then be used to develop prevention programs—such as the use of community health workers—to address specific health needs of the resident community. Linking Medicaid claims and public housing data will result in a closer alignment of housing and health, ultimately improving the health of low-income residents while reducing medical costs.
The project is part of the King County Accountable Community of Health, a multi-sector partnership working to improve the health and well-being of county residents.