- Irene Yen, PhD
- Susan Neufeld, MA
- Leslie Dubbin, PhD
Research Project Description
This IRL research investigated how Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) policy implementation in San Francisco affected people living in public housing (2006-2019). RAD is a public-private partnership that transfers management of public housing sites from traditional public housing authorities to private developers in order to leverage the private capital necessary to renovate deteriorating public housing structures. Using data from two health service systems, the team investigated the change in prevalence of health conditions and health care utilization before and after renovations. Through qualitative interviews the team explored 1) the impact the built and social environment had on the health experiences of residents and 2) the considerations private developers and managers made when renovating, redeveloping, and managing public housing communities that impact the health of residents.
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Irene Yen, PhD
Irene Yen is a Professor of Public Health at the University of California, Merced. Her interests include social determinants, survey tool development, epidemiology, children/youth, older adults, policy advocacy, city and transportation planning, food environment, obesity and interdisciplinary research collaboration.
Susan Neufeld, MA
Susan Neufeld is the Vice President of Community Development and Programs at BRIDGE Housing. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in research methodology, program evaluation, and child development.
Leslie Dubbin, PhD
Leslie Dubbin is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research explores the mechanisms through which racial inequalities are reproduced and the impact that neighborhoods, race, and socioeconomic status has on health outcomes.
IRL Issue Brief: San Francisco
Health Effects After Renovation (HEAR) Study – Impacts on public housing residents’ health and wellness