The Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, Baystate Health, Revitalize CDC (RCDC), the City of Springfield Office of Housing and Springfield Partners for Community Action have successfully completed a feasibility planning process to develop a Pay for Success asthma home visiting and repair project.  The Pay for Success model is a funding model where private investors pay upfront for the program and health insurers will repay the investment if the healthcare outcomes are met. Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a national leader in healthy housing, provided technical assistance through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund for our planning process.  If funded, the Springfield Pay for Success project will serve 600 families over 3 years in Hampden County.  GHHI has rated the Springfield Pay for Success project as feasible, with the recommendation that we proceed with a pilot to test the operational processes for combining our home visiting and home remediation services in order to show capacity to serve a much larger number of families.

We are currently seeking additional matching funding to  implement a pilot to prove that the planned program model is successful in improving health care and housing and that it can be scaled up.  Baystate Medical Center Better Together, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute and Davis Foundation have funded our healthy homes work so far.

Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program Pilot

To test our intervention, we began a pilot in March 2017 with partners Revitalize CDC, Square One and Baystate Pulmonary Rehabilitation, focusing on young children.  At this time, we have enrolled 30 clients in the program.  The pilot is currently closed to new clients.

Baystate Medical Center Better Together Funds Revitalize CDC

Baystate Health and Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition to Study Asthma Triggers in Homes

Learn more about the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative  Pay for Success project