Dear Friends and Family,

Last November, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers’ first Housing First client, Kenneth, moved into his new apartment just in time to celebrate the holiday season in a permanent home.  Since then, 30 patients have been housed thanks to your support and the collaborative effort in Camden to quickly connect homeless patients with serious health conditions to housing and wrap-around supportive services.
The Camden Coalition and our partners at South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, Oaks Integrated Care, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley and St. Joseph Carpenter Society are pleased to share that Housing First’s preliminary results are promising.  Daily hospital encounters are down 39 percent for the program’s housed clients, such as Robert, who has been living in his new home for over four months and has not been to the hospital since moving in.  Your support enables us to internally evaluate and improve the program which aims to ultimately end homelessness for Camden patients who frequently utilize the health care system.
2016 also marked the launch of the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, to build a field and movement for better care for the most complex and expensive populations across the US.  The National Center is a dramatic expansion of the Camden Coalition’s scale and impact, and a recognition of the organization’s important contributions to the treatment of complex and vulnerable patients.  The inaugural conference, Putting Care at the Center, was December 8th and 9th in Philadelphia.  We were excited to bring together clinicians, researchers, educators, payers, policymakers, patients, and caregivers to help shape the emerging field and create a shared agenda for how to move this work forward on a national level.
Your interest in Camden Coalition over the years has helped us grow markedly from a small organization focusing on local issues to a national organization that is influencing state and federal officials, healthcare systems, health insurers, providers, and students.  In the coming years, your continued involvement is even more critical.
I hope you will consider participating in the Camden Coalition’s end of year campaign by December 31. Your gift will help us continue our work locally as well as nationally. You can donate to the Camden Coalition by clicking here.
On behalf of myself and the entire Camden Coalition team, we wish you peace, light, and hope in 2017.
Thank you for all you do and continue to do.


Jeff Brenner, MD
Executive Director

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