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Dianna Benaknin, MSW, Case Management Consultant, WellSpan Health

Ann Kunkel, RN BSN, Senior Director Case Management, WellSpan Health

In this episode, Dennis Scanlon speaks with Dianna Benaknin and Ann Kunkel of WellSpan Health to learn more about WellSpan's interest in addressing social determinants of health. In their discussion, Ms. Benaknin and Ms. Kunkel talk about the impact of housing on health and discuss a number of programs created to address avoidable housing-related hospital admissions.


Dianna Benaknin and Ann Kunkel give an overview of WellSpan Health and discuss their Population Health Services division.


Dianna Benaknin and Ann Kunkel explain the impact of housing on health and how WellSpan Health is addressing those needs.


“It's hard if you're a patient who has unstable housing or isn't able to keep their utilities on -- it's really hard to even provide something as simple as refrigeration for medication. It's hard to focus on your health when you don't have a warm place to stay at night. ”
Dianna Benaknin, WellSpan Health

Dianna Benaknin and Ann Kunkel discuss WellSpan’s Health’s community partnerships to address the impact of housing on health.


Dianna Benaknin and Ann Kunkel discuss state policy implications for housing and healthcare.


Dianna Benaknin and Ann Kunkel discuss lessons learned from other communities on the topic of health and housing.


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