Atrium Health Invests $10M for Affordable Housing, Boosting Population Health

The health system is working to enhance the overall health of the community.

Sometimes the most innovative move doesn’t involve tech. Atrium Health is promoting affordable housing initiatives in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the health system announced today a $10 million commitment to better serve the health of its patients — even outside hospital walls.

“This $10 million commitment towards affordable housing builds upon Atrium’s existing efforts to enhance the quality of life for those in our community, including our own teammates,” said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health.

Atrium Health will work with partners to improve social determinants of health, such as housing, employment opportunities and access to healthy food. The health system aims to focus on social determinants of health as part of its role in the Charlotte Housing Opportunity Investment Fund (CHOIF), which aims to develop more housing in the area.

One of Atrium Health’s new partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, is the fund manager for CHOIF. The fund expects to raise and invest $50 million to finance 1,500 housing units.

Today’s news is just Atrium’s latest step toward greater population health in the community.

Atrium Health and Local Initiatives Support Corporation recently launched an effort to improve the health of residents in Queen City by adding health and social services into housing investments made through CHOIF.

“Quality housing is critical to a strong and growing Charlotte, and it just as critical to the health of our residents,” said Vi Lyles, mayor of Charlotte. “This new plan to connect the city’s housing expansion to better health, and the money Atrium Health has committed will have a lasting positive impact on thousands of people.”

Along with affordable housing, Atrium Health is working on tackling the overall health and wellness of Charlotte through quality patient care, education and research programs and partnerships focused on healthy activities.

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