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  1. Davidson, Patricia RN, BN, MN
  2. MacIntosh, Judith RN, BN, MSc(N)
  3. McCormack, Dianne RN, BN, MSc
  4. Morrison, Evelyn RSW, BA, BSW


Primary health care has utility for policy development at all levels of organization in any nation, including policies influencing the health of persons living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Using the primary health care framework, policies to improve health and housing for this population evolve from intersectoral collaboration. Active participation by those persons whose essential health is compromised by housing that is not acceptable, adequate, suitable, and affordable is required. Appropriate and affordable methods that address health challenges are identified. Access to services meeting essential health care needs of citizens has potential for healthy outcomes.