Raising the Roof on Healthcare

In this episode of the Healthcare Rethink podcast, I had the pleasure of discussing a topic close to my heart: housing as a fundamental aspect of healthcare. As the CEO of Upside, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of addressing housing insecurity in healthcare. Join me as I share insights from our conversation with Brian Urban and explore how we’re humanizing healthcare through housing solutions.

Growing a Housing Solution from Personal Experience

Let me take you back to the beginning of my journey. Born and raised in Florida, I started my career in sales, eventually finding myself in the world of enterprise software. However, it was a personal challenge within my own family that sparked the idea for Upside. Watching my grandparents struggle with the gap in alternative caregiving models for older adults ignited a passion within me to make a difference. With my cousin Andrew, I founded Upside, driven by the mission to provide housing solutions for those in need.

The Gap in Caregiving Models

One of the critical moments that shaped our journey was the realization of the gap in alternative caregiving models for older adults. Witnessing my grandparents’ struggle with Alzheimer’s and the lack of support available highlighted the pressing need for change. This experience fueled our determination to create Upside, a platform dedicated to addressing housing insecurity and improving the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

The Rising Recognition of Housing in Healthcare

Despite its profound impact on health outcomes, housing has long been overlooked in the healthcare landscape. The complexity and expense of addressing housing issues have deterred many from tackling this critical issue. However, recent focus on social determinants of health (SDOH) has shed light on the importance of housing in healthcare, paving the way for innovative solutions like Upside to make a difference.

Weaving a Safety Net

At Upside, we’ve developed a unique model that leverages a network of vetted housing options to address the diverse needs of our members. Our real-time data strategy enables us to provide timely and tailored solutions, ensuring successful outcomes for those we serve. By focusing on follow-through and utilizing existing infrastructure, we’re able to make a meaningful impact on housing insecurity in healthcare.

Beyond ROI to Human Connection and Well-being

The impact of addressing housing needs goes beyond improved health outcomes—it also leads to lower healthcare costs and increased member engagement. By building trust and delivering meaningful solutions, we’re able to make a lasting impact on the lives of our members. Our commitment to humanizing healthcare through housing drives everything we do at Upside.

A Vision for Housing Equity and Healthier Communities

Looking ahead, our vision is clear: to become the premier housing provider for health plans, making a positive impact on people’s lives. By focusing on humanizing healthcare through housing, we aim to transform the healthcare landscape and create a brighter future for all. Join us on this journey as we continue to make strides towards a healthier, more equitable future.

Housing is not just a basic need—it’s a fundamental aspect of healthcare that deserves our attention and action. At Upside, we’re committed to addressing housing insecurity and improving health outcomes for all. Join us in our mission to humanize healthcare through housing and create a brighter, healthier future for generations to come.

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