Systems Analysis by a Cross-Sector Workgroup to Address Housing Insecurity in Cancer Survivorship

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March 4, 2022
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**Published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP) 17.1. All rights reserved.** ABSTRACT Background: Cancer survivors face many financial burdens that generate additional stress such as housing insecurity or homelessness. Because this leads to worse health outcomes, it is essential for healthcare and housing organizations to begin mobilizing resources to support this vulnerable population. Objectives: Create a “Housing in Cancer” workgroup to conduct systems-led analysis of housing insecurity in cancer survivorship in the Greater New Orleans area. Methods: A cross-sector workgroup employed a systems analysis toolkit to explore the system. The group engaged in systems analysis exercises and generated observations on the current system. Results: The complex problem was discerned into three components. Through reflection, the group created a new focus to support housing policies in cancer survivors and one group member was awarded a grant to provide financial assistance to cancer survivors. Conclusions: The workgroup’s insights identified systemic policies and additional funding for sponsoring organizations who expressed authority over this issue.