PLEASE READ: To protect our employees and those we serve, we are encouraging individuals to set up an appointment. If you have an appointment, are you having flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath? In the last 14 days have you traveled to a high-risk area for transmission of COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone confirmed or being evaluated for COVID-19? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please do not enter any Housing Connect offices. Contact us at 801-284-4400 or info@housingconnect.org so we can communicate with you via telephone or email.

en English
ar Arabiczh-CN Chinese (Simplified)nl Dutchen Englishfr Frenchde Germanit Italianfa Persianpt Portugueseru Russianso Somalies Spanish

Social Determinants of Health

Housing Connect has adopted this framework so that it can be a guiding force as we plan for the future. This framework provides a structure to guide current and future activities, initiatives, and housing development efforts. 

Housing Connect Track

What are Social Determinants of Health?

Defined by the CDC, “Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality of life risks and outcomes.” These determinants are the economic and social conditions that influence individual and group differences in health status. It is reported that the SDoH make up to 80% of an impact on an individual’s health, with the remaining 20% being genetics. This framework is research-based and has a strong history of best practices, cost effective interventions, and data to back them up.

How do they relate to Housing Connect?

Housing Connect has adopted this framework so that it can be a guiding force as we plan for the future. This framework provides a structure to guide current and future activities, initiatives, and housing development efforts. 

Housing Connect envisions a future where all residents are connected to a safe and affordable place to live.  Having a stable place to call home supports individuals and families in achieving their education, health and economic goals, which is the cornerstone for creating a vibrant community and the foundation for why we have adopted the SDoH framework.

The work we do gives people more than just a place to call home; it connects them with a promising future to focus on employment, education, health care, and caring for their children and dependents, which builds stronger, more vibrant communities.

Housing Stability

Access to affordable housing is a major issue in our community. At Housing Connect, we address this by developing and managing affordable housing and providing rent assistance. The health and wellbeing of our neighbors and community is at the core of everything we do. 

Having affordable, stable housing has positive health impacts on the whole family. Housing Connect’s goal for housing stability is to ensure the conditions of residents’ housing is adequate and they are prepared to exit housing assistance successfully. 

Housing Stability Resources

Education Access 

Education is a significant social determinant that influences health over the course of a lifetime. Levels of educational attainment, specifically a high school diploma, have been directly linked with important health outcomes.  Housing Connect’s goal for education access is to connect residents to local schools and resources with the hope of increasing the access to and quality of the education received. 

Education Access Resources

Food Security

Food insecurity has a direct impact on a person’s wellbeing as it can cause or contribute to illness. Housing Connect’s goal for food security is for residents to obtain and maintain benefits through nutrition assistance programs, to increase benefit amounts, and to address unemployment to reduce food insecurity and hunger. 

Food Security Resources

Financial Health

Income and economic stability are strong predictors of overall health. Housing Connect’s goal with financial health is to connect residents with resources that will allow them to increase their income, whether it is earned or unearned.

Financial Health Resources

 

Health Access 

About 1 in 10 people in the United States do not have health insurance. Lack of health insurance and access to healthcare services lead to poor health outcomes. Housing Connect’s goal for health access is for residents to gain health insurance resources to assist them in establishing a primary care provider.  These strategies are crucial for ensuring residents receive important health care services, like preventive care and treatment for chronic illnesses.

Health Access Resources

 

Community Connection

People’s relationships and interactions with family, friends, co-workers, and community members have a significant impact on health outcomes. Recently, many of these benefits can be accomplished through virtual tools either with video meetings and appointments or virtual social platforms. Housing Connect’s goal for community connection is to assist households in accessing virtual resources and engaging in prosocial activities.  

Community Connection Resources

At Housing Connect 

We believe that a home is a space that offers safety and comfort. Our homes also ground us, remind us of our deepest values and hopes, and provide inspiration and motivation to succeed and strive to better our lives and those of our families. 

Janice Kimball, Chief Executive Officer
Janice Kimball, Chief Executive Officer
Read Bio

Janice leads the agency with the core belief that housing is the great equalizer. Without a safe place to call home, nothing else can happen. Janice became CEO following 12 years overseeing property management, rent assistance and supportive services for the Housing Connect. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah.

Mike Kienast, Chief Operating Officer
Mike Kienast, Chief Operating Officer
Read Bio

Mike believes that every person is valuable. Through leadership, experience, and team-building his goal is to always provide superior, caring service to our residents, team members, vendors and the community at large. Mike has 25+ years of multifamily experience and is a licensed Utah Principal Broker. He received a Bachelors in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Andre Bartlome, Chief Financial Officer
Andre Bartlome, Chief Financial Officer
Read Bio

Andre oversees the Human Resources, Information Technology, and Accounting and Budgeting functions of Housing Connect. He has been in this position since 2003 and has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Zach Bale, Chief Program Officer
Zach Bale, Chief Program Officer
Read Bio

Zach is passionate about assessing and structuring solutions to complex community needs. He oversees Housing Connect Fund, Resident Services and Supportive Housing efforts to ensure a holistic approach to housing and services. Zach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15+ years of experience in human services, fundraising, program evaluation, consultation, and leadership development. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah.

Lee Wight, Director of Central Maintenance and Capital Funds
Lee Wight, Director of Central Maintenance and Capital Funds
Read Bio

Lee has been with Housing Connect since 2018, and prior to joining Housing Connect, he worked in the maintenance field for 22 years in healthcare and education facilities. Lee is passionate in making the best possible place for residents and staff.

Jeanette Hernandez, Affordable Housing Director
Jeanette Hernandez, Affordable Housing Director
Read Bio

Jeanette believes in the need to develop housing opportunities for those who need it most. Jeanette has 23 years of experience in property management. She has managed and supervised property staff and compliance departments with Rural Development, Low Income Housing Tax Credit, HOME, and Section 811 funding. She has been instrumental in the success of nine multi-funded lease-ups ranging from 40 to 160 units, including new development and LIHTC acquisition rehab. Jeanette is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP).

Ilez Brady, HCV Director
Ilez Brady, HCV Director
Read Bio

Ilez Brady has been with Housing Connect since 2010. She started in the Public Housing Department and now oversees the Housing Choice Voucher program. Her professional certifications include Public Housing Manager, Rent Calculation Specialist and HCV Program Manager. Ilez is bilingual and is passionate in customer service and strongly supports our missions and values.

Lori Pacheco, Public Housing Director
Lori Pacheco, Public Housing Director
Read Bio

Lori is passionate about public service and is a true people person. Lori has been with Housing Connect since 1994 and currently oversees the management and maintenance of Housing Connect’s Public Housing communities. Her professional certifications include Public Housing Manager, Public Housing Executive Management, Section 8 Manager and Housing Credit Professional. Lori also holds a Utah real estate License.

Russell Opatz, Resident Services Director
Russell Opatz, Resident Services Director
Read Bio

Russell Opatz has been with Housing Connect since 2013. He is currently serving as the Supportive Housing and Services Director, overseeing supportive housing and service activities. Russell graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina with a degree in Outdoor Leadership. Prior to Housing Connect, Russell worked as a field instructor and program director for a variety of adventure education organizations throughout the country, with a focus on serving vulnerable populations.

Krysta Niemczyk, Grant Programs Director
Krysta Niemczyk, Grant Programs Director
Read Bio

Krysta is driven by her passion to find efficient processes to ensure Housing Connect’s valuable housing resources can be maximized. Krysta oversees all supportive housing and resident services administration grant functions, including data and compliance. Krysta has worked at Housing Connect since 2010. Krysta is a certified Project Management Professional.

Paul Rooker, HR Director
Paul Rooker, HR Director
Read Bio

Paul serves at Human Resources Director for Housing Connect. He has a diverse human resources background including public and private sector employers in a variety of industries. His background in HR and business management has given him the ability to look at complex situations from both a human resources perspectives, as well as an operations perspective. As a result, Paul has developed a unique adaptability and is able find solutions to problems quickly. Paul’s HR background includes experience in benefits management, employee development, employee relations, recruiting, and compliance. He received his BS in Business Administration from UNLV.

Jarin Blackham, IT Director
Jarin Blackham, IT Director
Read Bio

Jarin joined Housing Connect in 2019. He is a dependable and detail-oriented technologist, skilled in network and system administration, security and IT leadership. His role includes driving the technology needs of the organization to provide effective housing assistance in a fiscally responsible way. Jarin likes finding creative ways to explain technology and enjoys providing good customer service. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry with 16 of those years in public service organizations. He earned a Bachelors degree in Information Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Recent News

Social Enterprise Award
Social Enterprise Award
Learn More
Moving to Work Draft Plan
Moving to Work Draft Plan
Learn More
Moving to Work Public Hearing
Moving to Work Public Hearing
Learn More