Social safety net integral to good health, researchers find

Originally published on Modern Healthcare. Housing and integrated social services improved the health of children and adults in medically complex families, a new study found. Priority placement in affordable housing coupled with case management, financial and legal services for families that combat chronic diseases and housing instability significantly improved both physical and mental health compared […]


Housing Intervention For Medically Complex Families Associated With Improved Family Health: Pilot Randomized Trial

Abstract The effects of housing instability and homelessness on child and adult health are well documented. However, few studies have explored health and housing interventions for families with children with the objective of health improvement. Housing Prescriptions as Health Care is a randomized controlled trial that is investigating the impact on physical and mental health […]

Massachusetts Principles For Healthy And Affordable Housing

Children’s HealthWatch, through the Alliance for Community Health Integration, endorsed the Massachusetts Principles For Healthy And Affordable Housing, lead by the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA). * * * * * We, as the Massachusetts health sector, recognize that the challenge of unaffordable and unstable housing has reached epidemic proportions. We are health care providers, […]

Hospitals Invest in Affordable Housing in Bid to Increase Patient Health

Originally published on FUNDFire. Health care and hospital systems are looking at a new way to align their dollars with their missions by pursuing affordable housing investments. Early movers in the space hope that those impact investments will both increase community health and decrease the financial strain on their institutions. “Asset managers tell us for impact […]


Associations Between Federal Rental Housing Assistance and Childhood Asthma—A Renewed Call for Investing in Housing for Health

In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, the findings of Boudreaux et al1 suggest that federal rental assistance for families with low incomes may be important for reducing emergency department visits for asthma. This study adds to the increasing body of research on the ways in which housing assistance is associated with health and has implications for housing […]


Should Physicians ‘Prescribe’ Housing for the Homeless?

Originally published on Medscape. Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News, “I do believe that housing is a prescription for health. I believe, though, that the [entity that needs] to stock the pharmacy for housing is really the federal government.” She said creating partnerships across federal, […]


Campaign pushes to make housing a priority for homeless

Originally published on Arkansas Catholic. WASHINGTON — For years, Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, has said it’s a scandal that millions of American families are struggling to find a stable place to live. She knows how housing costs are soaring, forcing families and individuals to cut back on other […]


Dr. Megan Sandel Interviewed By BBC Radio

On February 5th, Dr. Megan Sandel, Co-Lead Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch, was interviewed by BBC Radio’s Rod Sharp on homeless students reaching a new high in the United States.


As I See It: Healthy Incentives Program worth year-round investment

Originally published on Telegram & Gazette. As we pass winter’s midpoint here in Worcester, thoughts of local farms and fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables may be far from the average person’s mind. For the customers of the REC Mobile Farmers Markets, fresh healthy produce is available right down the block. On a recent February morning, […]