September 26, 2011 | News
Dr Lorna Thorpe is Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. She recently collaborated with senior staff from 3 city agencies — the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Department for the Aging — to design a study on the health of older public housing residents and generate a detailed report. Details about the study and the report are available at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/episrv/nycha-senior-survey.shtml . The study emphasized that the population of older adults living in New York City public housing is large and growing rapidly, representing an opportunity for large-scale interventions to improve the health of many older New Yorkers. Study findings suggest that many older NYCHA residents live healthy, independent lives, but a significant subgroup has limited functionality and physical and mental health conditions that can negatively impact their quality of life. Although nearly all older NYCHA residents have health insurance, some report poor access to health care and many do not use available community supports. The collaboration has since continued to be productive as representatives from each institution work together to implement the recommendations in the report.