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Promoting Caregiver and Child Health Through Housing and Stability Screening in Clinical Settings

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Timing and Duration of Pre- and Postnatal Homelessness and the Health of Young Children

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Homelessness During Infancy: Associations With Infant and Maternal Health and Hardship Outcomes

Abstract • Objective: Homelessness among children is correlated with developmental delays, fair or poor health, and high healthcare utilization (AAP, 2013). Associations of homelessness specifically among infants younger than 12 months, however, are unknown. This study evaluates homelessness during infancy as a risk for adverse infant and maternal health and hardship. • Methods: From May […]

Unstable Housing and Caregiver and Child Health in Renter Families

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate how 3 forms of housing instability relate to caregiver and child health among low-income renter households. METHODS: Caregivers of children 0 to 48 months of age were interviewed in 5 urban medical centers from May 2009 to December 2015. Caregivers reported on the following: caregiver health, maternal depressive symptoms, child’s health, lifetime […]

The Case for Increasing the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit

Pause for a moment. Now picture yourself as part of a family of four. You have two young kids, you and your spouse work full-time jobs. You and your spouse work hard to provide for your children and have provided everything they need, ensuring they have a fulfilling childhood. Possibly a better childhood than your own. Up until now, you managed to get by, but rent has crept up and […]

To support early childhood development, invest in housing

A growing body of research is demonstrating what we already intuitively know: that our children will have a much brighter future if they begin the journey of life in a decent, affordable home. Investments to improve housing quality and affordability for families with children can help set the stage for success later in life. Alternatively, […]

To support early childhood development, invest in housing

A growing body of research is demonstrating what we already intuitively know: that our children will have a much brighter future if they begin the journey of life in a decent, affordable home. Investments to improve housing quality and affordability for families with children can help set the stage for success later in life. Alternatively, […]

On the House: Pediatrician stresses link between health, having stable housing

A few years ago, Dr. Megan Sandel treated a child at Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic, where Sandel is associate director. The child was 2 years old but the size of a 1-year-old. “We tried everything — PediaSure, medications, scopes,” Sandel said. “Nothing worked.” The case was worrisome because, as Sandel noted, “if you’re not […]

Here’s the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD

As a physician, Dr. Ben Carson knew the right prescriptions to give to his neurosurgery patients. But as the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will he be able to provide the right prescription for HUD? The wrong one is cutting HUD’s budget by a staggering $6 billion (down 13.2 […]

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Dr. Sandel shares “Housing and Health: Why a Stable, Decent, Affordable Home is Like a Vaccine” at the Urban Land Institute Housing Opportunity 2014 Conference

At the Urban Land Institute Housing Opportunity 2014 Conference, Dr. Sandel shares “Housing and Health: Why a Stable, Decent, Affordable Home is Like a Vaccine” (at 14:12)