Clinton Global Initiative Commitment: Transition to Success (TTS) is a program which is a model of care that treats poverty as a treatable condition. TTS integrates demonstrated best practices of care management, volunteerism, financial literacy and peer mentoring across health care, human services, education faith based and government programs. TTS trains direct care staff to work with clients to define a plan to address immediate basic needs such as food and shelter, along with identifying long-term goals, including employment and financial stability. Joanne is the Environmental Justice lead for the partnership and work along side of United Way Mid South, Memphis, TN; River Star Technology; Melagro Technology; and TTS FOUNDER Dr. Marcella Wilson.
Third New Hope Community Care Network: “Sustainable Community Housing Initiative” in Detroit, Michigan. Joanne is leading a transitional housing pilot initiative, developing a strategic master plan for Third New Hope’s CCN participants. The thought process is to alleviate the short term housing concerns for participants of the Community Care Network through affordable, sustainable transitional housing. Allowing participants to focus on access to proper medical care, food, job placement and training will aid their endeavor to become self-sufficient.
Bioremediation of Asphalt Roofing: The development of a commercialized process to break down asphalt roofing waste through biological means. Over 11 million tons of asphalt roofing waste is deposed of in municipal landfills annually. The EPA recognizes this waste stream as the 4th largest contributor to landfill waste. GreenStructure is working on a more sustainable solution set for cities and waste remediators, which should result in a usable by-product.
Commercialization of Transition to Success: Leading the grant team, along with Michigan State University Professor Roxanne Chan, on a multi-million dollar innovation grant through NIH. The goal is to commercialize all aspects of TTS: training, curriculum, telehealth and protocols. Removing barriers to healthcare and alleviating poverty in minority health populations is a goal of the program. Expanding the infrastructure to support the effort is an imperative which includes the development of a national database of outcomes related to the treatment of poverty and environmental stressors.