A growing body of research shows that lifestyle has a major effect on a person’s well-being. As a result, hospitals have become revolving doors for patients who are struggling with multiple issues, like homelessness, chronic health conditions or serious mental illnesses.

That’s why the Beacon Project, with funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, is working with some patients to connect them with much-needed resources outside of the hospital. Hospitals screen for patients who have social needs that are complicating their health issues, and the Beacon Project’s Community Care Navigators connect those patients with community sources for food, housing, jobs and more.