In combination with other community and economic assets, housing plays a key role in influencing residents’ health and well-being. Housing is so important, in fact, that it was one of the themes for the first cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. Those teams have been working with the peer-reviewed journal Housing Policy Debate to create a special issue that we’re excited to share.
This special issue—Unlocking Opportunities to Create a Culture of Health in Housing: Lessons from Interdisciplinary, Community-Engaged Research Teams—explores connections between housing and health, highlighting the research of seven Interdisciplinary Research Leaders teams from across the country.
Each article will be available as a free download for the two weeks noted below:
April 15–28, 2019: In their longitudinal “Health Effects After Renovation (HEAR) Study”, Leslie Dubbin, Susan Neufeld, Irene H. Yen, and their co-author examine the health benefits of making renovations to substandard housing in San Francisco.
April 29–May 12: “Bridging the Housing and Health Policy Divide” in Baltimore and Memphis, Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Joseph Schilling, and their co-authors show how public health concepts, principles, and practices can be infused into neighborhood initiatives.
May 13–26: In “A Method for Making the Just City”, Derek Hyra, Dominic Moulden, Mindy Fullilove, and their co-author investigate the complex ways in which gentrification affects the health of low-income residents in Washington, D.C., and Orange, New Jersey.
May 27–June 9: In “I Would Say It’s Almost Like a Crime Against, You Know, the Soul”, Irán Barrera, Sabrina Kelley, and Yumiko Aratani examine parental perceptions of, and propose a prevention model for, child maltreatment in low-income housing communities in Fresno, California.
June 10–23: In “Making Baton Rouge Better”, Revathi I. Hines and Leslie Taylor-Grover illustrate the power of local narratives and voices in designing policy solutions for problems related to housing affordability, housing conditions, and residents’ health.
June 24–July 7: In “Interdisciplinary, Community, and Peer Leadership Approach to Addressing Housing Among People Living With HIV in the Rural South”, Safiya George Dalmida, George C. T. Mugoya, Billy Kirkpatrick, and their co-authors evaluate the impact of housing and case management on health outcomes.
July 8–July 21: “Joining Forces” in North Carolina, Mina Silberberg, Donna J. Biederman, and Emily Carmody explore the benefits and challenges of engaging a policy advocate in researching the regulation of services that help people obtain and maintain housing.
Many of our teams regularly publish or are featured in articles about their work, and we highlight those in our social media. Because this is an entire issue dedicated to one of our IRL themes, we wanted to share these articles as a set. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for reminders of when each of these articles becomes available, and to learn about the work of all our fellows and teams.