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COD’s Dialogue Over Distance Presents ‘Housing Is Health Care’

Originally published on Medscape. According to a recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics,” crowded housing, frequent relocations and homelessness exacerbate children’s pre-existing health conditions and the family’s overall stress level. Another study from Children’s HealthWatch shows that when families don’t have stable housing, their risk of struggling with poor health outcomes and material hardships—such […]

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Screening Discordance and Characteristics of Patients With Housing-Related Social Risks

Introduction Healthcare systems are increasingly interested in identifying patients’ housing-related risks, but minimal information exists to inform screening question selection. The primary study aim is to evaluate discordance among 5 housing-related screening questions used in health care. Methods This was a cross-sectional multisite survey of social risks used in a convenience sample of adults seeking […]

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What Is Redlining? How Residential Segregation Shaped U.S. Cities

Originally published on Teen Vogue. The years that followed the Great Depression were vital in creating an expanded middle class, and the federal government ensured that this class mobility was readily available to white Americans and out of reach for most Black Americans. Homeownership is a key method of building wealth, as Lisa Rice, executive vice president […]

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Pandemic Creates Plague of Evictions

Originally published on Urban Milwaukee. Doctor: Evictions akin to “toxic exposure” Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, said at least a third of the 14,000 families whose children are seen at the center have fallen behind on their rent, a figure mirrored in national reports. Hospital officials worry that an evictions spike would trigger […]

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Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims To Curb Them ― For Now

Originally published on NPR. Doctor: Evictions akin to “toxic exposure” Megan Sandel, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, says at least a third of the 14,000 families with children that seek treatment at her medical center have fallen behind on their rent, a figure mirrored in national reports. Hospital officials worry that evictions during the pandemic […]

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Tell Congress and the White House: Pass and Enact a COVID-19 Relief Deal that Supports Families!

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Homelessness, Children, and COVID-19: A Looming Crisis

This pandemic has magnified the vulnerability of housing insecure and homeless families. We encourage health care providers to investigate how local and state policies are affecting these children and families. Pediatricians can speak up for children by coalition building with community organizations and government affairs specialists, calling legislators to voice their concerns, volunteering as an […]

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Housing is health: A renewed call for federal housing investments in affordable housing for families with children

Decades of research demonstrate the importance of a safe, stable, affordable home as a foundation for health beginning in the prenatal period and extending over the life course. 1 Unfortunately, in the United States today, millions of children face housing circumstances that harm their health and, as a result, increase unnecessary health care utilization. 2 […]

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Housing As A Prescription For Health, Now And In The Future

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, housing instability and homelessness were linked to poor physical and mental health outcomes for children and adults. But the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis highlight the critical intersection between where you live and health in myriad ways. Solutions that respond to the complex nature of these interlocking issues are needed more […]

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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 […]