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Research and Equity Advisory Council for Housing Insecurities (REACHI)

Overview and Purpose

With REACHI, the aim is to nurture partnerships between the healthcare system, providers of homeless services, and people with lived experience of homelessness. The purpose of REACHI is to leverage the expertise of those with lived-experience to understand community needs, identify areas of prioritization for outreach and programming, and transform how we address housing insecurities and homelessness. As the success of our community driven initiatives is largely dependent upon meeting the needs of the communities we serve, we want to convene REACHI to ensure that our efforts remain community-driven and prioritizes equity across the CommonSpirit Health footprint with an initial focus in the California market. This is currently a two-year initiative.

The purpose of REACHI is to:

  1. Collaborate with the Community and Homeless Health team to explore and identify the needs of those who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness in communities where there is a Dignity Health footprint with an emphasis in rural regions.
  2. When applicable, REACHI will inform the research approach, participate in the research process, review project findings, and voice issues or concerns that may impact the research project.
  3. Propose innovative ways to advance equitable access to housing and healthcare services in the local community.

REACHI Membership

REACHI members are reflective of the communities in which the system serves as an anchor institution. While REACH is open to all community members with lived experience, we will be intentional about holding space for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Emphasis will be placed on individuals with lived experiences of housing insecurities and/or homelessness.

Counties currently represented on this council include but are not limited to:

  • San Joaquin
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Kern
  • San Bernardino
  • Berkeley
  • Sacramento
  • Yolo

Our members also represent diverse experiences including but not limited to:

  • LGBTQA
  • Former Foster Care
  • Substance Use
  • Mental Health
  • Immigrant
  • Housed and connected to homeless services
  • Parenting/Family
  • Jail/Prison/Reentry Experience
  • Veteran status
  • Healthcare system
  • Coordinated entry

REACHI currently has two co-chairs and seven (7) general members. A second round of recruitment will take place to fill the remaining three (3) seats.

Community Health Support

The Community and Homeless Health team supports all REACHI members by:

  • Hosting a virtual meet and greet for REACHI members
  • Provide logistical and informational support to community members (i.e. support in accessing the internet, providing add'l insight into reading materials)
  • Providing members with a $100 stipend for their time and engagement

For more information about REACHI, please contact Nicole Wilson, Community and Homeless Health Project Manager at nicole.wilson900@commonspirit.org

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