Karen Kahn is a writer, editor, and communications strategist who spent nearly two decades as the communications director for the nonprofit Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute. The co-author of Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America’s First Same-Sex Marriages (Beacon Press 2007), Karen has published frequently on the economic, social and cultural issues affecting the LGBT community, women, and low-wage workers. Early in her career, she was the editor-in-chief of Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, a monthly national feminist newsjournal published in the Boston area.
As health systems move toward bundled or value-based payments, finding ways to address such issues as unstable housing, poor nutrition, and unemployment, is essential to improving outcomes. In many parts of the country, hospitals have decided that housing is too crucial to health outcomes to continue to wait for solutions.
Financial stress is reducing worker productivity. In both Louisiana and New York, nonprofits are focusing on at-work financial education programs to help workers stay afloat in an economy that has eroded social safety net protections.
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