As an extension of LUCHA’s efforts to integrate healthy living to positively impact the health of its residents, LUCHA is working to combine positive health outcomes into all its work. One of the initiatives is to create a position within LUCHA to expand beyond the built environment and include programming as a key strategy to engage residents and empower them to make lifestyle changes.
A Health & Wellness Coordinator allows the organization to establish and maintain a fruitful relationship with its incoming tenant population at Tierra Linda as well as existing tenants, and in this way, identify the needs and effectiveness of new and existing interventions. The Health & Wellness coordinator educates tenants on the green and healthy features within the units inside of the properties in order to emphasize the health and wellness goals of the community. Furthermore, the Health & Wellness Initiative serves as a resource for tenants as well as local health organizations and community partners. The Health & Wellness Coordinator, as a part of LUCHA’s larger Health & Wellness Initiative, implements and tracks the outcomes of the strategies and programming identified in LUCHA’s Health Action Plan.
Through tracking and reporting, the outcomes of LUCHA’s health and housing strategies can then be referenced by other housing developers and health professionals focusing on the interface between health and housing, especially for low-income households.