Forum: Affordable Housing Bill Meets Critical Need

Originally published on Portland Press Herald. LD 1645, “An Act To Create Affordable Workforce and Senior Housing and Preserve Affordable Rural Housing,” is a bipartisan bill carried over from last year and is being considered by the Legislature. It would fund a $20 million annual affordable housing tax credit, which, over its four-year span, could […]


Campaign Hosts Panels At National Press Club

Originally published on Opportunity Starts at Home. Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club with senior leaders from the National League of Cities, Catholic Charities USA, Children’s HealthWatch, National Women’s Law Center, and National Low Income Housing Coalition to discuss the prioritization of housing affordability in […]


Medicaid Doesn’t Pay For Housing. Here’s What It Can Do To Help Meet Enrollees’ Social Needs

Originally published on Health Affairs Blog. Access to safe, affordable housing supports people’s physical and mental health, research shows. This connection has led some health care stakeholders to conclude that Medicaid programs or health plans should pay directly for housing. We disagree: Diverting Medicaid funding from health care to housing is the wrong approach to addressing […]


The Hidden Health Costs of Eviction

Originally published on PBS News Hour. Millions of Americans are forced from their homes every year. Evictions are usually considered in economic terms — an outcome of housing supply and income levels — but what about their physical and emotional impact? Research increasingly shows housing insecurity takes an enormous toll on people’s health. William Brangham […]


Plenary speaker: Rx for homelessness requires solutions grounded in equity

To help homeless families, pediatricians should not focus on equality to make a difference in children’s health outcomes. Rather, they should zero in on equity, according to Megan Sandel, M.D., M.P.H., who spoke at Sunday’s plenary on how affordable housing improves children’s health and future outcomes. Quality, stability, affordability and location are the four walls […]


Podcast: “Good Housing is Good Health” with Dr. Megan Sandel

Episode 1 – Dr. Megan Sandel This episode dives into the deep connections between housing and health with a nationally recognized expert in the field. Sometimes, the prescription that patients really need for their ailments is a safe, decent, affordable home. Dr. Sandel explains her career journey as a pediatrician and how she became an […]


Home Is Where The Health Is

Megan Sandel MED ’96 fights for children: For the child struggling to breathe because his family’s apartment is laden with mold. For the child being poisoned by the lead that lurks in her home’s water supply. For the child who has no home at all. As a nationally recognized expert on housing and its connection […]


Health Starts at Home

As the Care Coordinator for Housing Prescriptions as Health Care, I see firsthand the resilience of families and the importance of housing stability on a daily basis. A partnership between Children’s HealthWatch, Project Hope, MLPB (formerly Medical-Legal Partnership Boston), the Boston Housing Authority, and Nuestra Comunidad, Housing Prescriptions offers support and resources with housing matters, […]


SANDEL: Stable, decent, affordable homes is a Rx for healthy families

Originally published on The Patriot Ledger. Where you live as a child may be the strongest predictor of your health and has lifelong consequences. In fact, stable, decent, affordable housing is a prescription for good health, but it is out of reach for many South Shore families. Currently, the construction of single family and multi-family […]

A Marketplace for Health and Housing to Exchange Money—Has the Time Come?

David Erickson of the San Francisco Federal Reserve has set out a vision that the housing world should pay attention to: a marketplace that values health. Our current “investments” in health are not working. Despite spending more per person on health services than other nations, the U.S. continues to have worse health outcomes. This seemingly paradoxical […]