Mercy Maricopa’s Comprehensive Community Health Program receives a Brian Mickelson Housing Hero Award

Mercy Maricopa CEO Eddy Broadway accepted a Housing Hero Award Friday afternoon for the organization’s Comprehensive Community Health Program (CCHP). The program goal is to help individuals with chronic substance abuse and homelessness, who often cycle through crisis and higher levels of service.

“What a tremendous honor it is to accept this award on behalf of Mercy Maricopa,” Broadway said during the awards ceremony at the 2017 Arizona Housing Forum “It really has been a team effort from the beginning.”

The Comprehensive Community Health Program is a true example of community partnership and collaboration. 

In April 2015, the idea for the program was launched by a team that came together to find housing for individuals after men’s homeless shelter was closed. That team included Riann Balch and Margaret Killmin from the City of Phoenix, Kim Van Nimwegen from the Valley of the Sun United Way, Gabriella Guerra (a former Mercy Maricopa director), Jessa Johnson (former housing administrator at Mercy Maricopa) and Jo Kautzman also from Mercy Maricopa; Vicki Helland and Michelle Ploof with Community Bridges; and Angela Sheesley and Erica Ramirez-Chestnut with La Frontera Empact.

Since then, the program has expanded to meet the housing and behavioral needs of members.

“We all know having a safe and consistent place to live is critical to our health,” Broadway said. “Without housing, there is no health care.”

The program has produced successful results. 

Through a combination of flexible funding, dedicated housing vouchers and support services, the program has placed 250 at risk community members in permanent supported housing and engaged them in services that support recovery. It’s also engaged about 500 members in intensive support services.

Another key ingredient to the program’s success are the peer navigators who engage this at-risk membership. This connection provides members someone to talk to who ‘gets it.’ Peer navigators meet the member’s where they are in their recovery journey results in success.

Mercy Maricopa is dedicated to improving the social determinants of health, such as stable housing. We’re eagerly pursuing multiple partnerships and collaborations to replicate this program and other models which ultimately improves the health of the community