The PHA CARES project has two objectives: promote resident workforce development and support the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) community around COVID-19 and other health needs. To do this, PHA community members are hired and trained as Community Health Workers who can determine and respond to residents' concerns in relation to COVID-19.
In recognition of their excellence in the provision of health and health education services within their communities, Temple University partnered with Temple University Health System, Drexel Community Wellness Hub and Greater Philadelphia Health Action on the project.
The PHA Cares team recognizes that community engagement is essential to learning about and meeting the need of PHA residents. In addition to working with PHA staff, resident leadership provides essential input regarding the specific needs of each site.