Healthy Beginnings at Home — The CareSource Case Study
October 27, 2022
Franklin County, Ohio has the highest rate of infant mortality in the state, they average a loss of two infants per week, a statistic that disproportionally affects Black babies, who are affected at almost 2.5x the rate of white babies. This high mortality rate is the result of systemic barriers to care and the overall health of the mother giving birth. To address this, CareSource launched a pilot program that has grown into Healthy Beginnings at Home (HBAH). This program aims to improve maternal and infant health outcomes by providing stable housing and rental assistance to pregnant mothers in need.
Kyle Lowe and Diane Alecusan, State Housing Strategy Leads for Indiana and Ohio, respectively, will be discussing the results from the CareSource HBAH pilot program and how the program is hoping to strengthen the evidence regarding the impact of stable housing in addressing infant mortality, prematurity, and improving health outcomes for women and their infants.
Executive attendees of this session will learn about:
- Eliminating barriers to care for the most vulnerable populations
- Addressing infant mortality and poor health outcomes for both mother and baby.
- Using data to turn pilot programs into sustainable service lines.
Kyle Lowe, State Housing Strategy Lead, Indiana, CareSource
Kyle has held several roles within the Life Services department at CareSource since joining in 2017. In his current role, he collaborates with developers and CDFIs to invest in the creation and maintenance of affordable housing in the state of Indiana. In addition, he designs, implements, and optimizes housing and health interventions for CareSource members. Kyle holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Indiana University and a M.S. in Health Leadership from Western Governor’s University.
Diane Alecusan, State Housing Strategy Lead, Ohio, CareSource
Diane Alecusan is the State Housing Strategy Lead for Ohio at CareSource. In this role she focuses on creating and implementing affordable housing strategies throughout CareSource’s Ohio market that ultimately improve the health and well-being of the 1.5 million members in the state, most of whom are on Medicaid. Before joining CareSource, Diane was the Policy Manager for the Office of Multifamily Housing at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and prior to that worked in planning and development roles for the Ohio Department of Development, Bird Houk Collaborative (now OHM Advisors) and the City of Dublin. Diane holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Ohio State University.
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