Tagged: Housing

Pathways to Healthy Housing in Austin, Texas

This blog reports back from the Housing + Health summit, mentioned in a recent Healthy Community Initiatives blog featuring the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. On his visit to Austin, Texas last year, David J. Erickson, the Director of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, noted that Austin could be the community …

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From Homelessness to Housing in San Francisco: Portraits and Oral History

As we build collaboration across sectors, storytelling and art that lifts up success stories become more and more important. A moving new multi-media art project called “Everyone Deserves a Home” on display in San Francisco’s Public Library asks 40 formally homeless residents in supportive housing, “what does home mean to you?” Through photographs and interviews, each …

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Modifying Hospital Community Benefit Tax Policy: Easing Regulation, Advancing Population Health

This article first appeared on the Health Affairs blog on December 1, 2016.    How might regulatory tax policy constraints be eased while promoting greater health equity? The Trump Administration could take steps—under existing legislative authority—to broaden the longstanding definition of “community benefit” spending to promote fuller community-wide health improvement partnerships between tax-exempt hospitals and …

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Bringing Up the Next Generation: Keys to Lifelong Health Lie at Home

This blog originally appeared on the Home Matters blog in December 2016.  Read the full Expert Insight series! Growing up in California, my own early years were not perfect, but by most standards, I had a rather idyllic home life. My parents were loving and devoted to making sure I had what I needed. Our neighborhood …

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Making Housing Healthier in Philadelphia and Beyond

Substandard housing has consequences on renters’ health and burdens the U.S. health care system, research shows. And the region served by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is no exception. A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and St. Christopher’s Hospital found, for example, that child hospitalizations dropped 70 percent within six …

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The New Housing Call for Pediatricians

On a Friday afternoon, a 3-year-old girl sat quietly in my clinic with her parents. She wore a beautiful, dimpled smile and sported a purple dress with ruffles, her dark, curly hair pulled back in a tight ponytail. I opened a book and asked her about the pictures. She turned the pages with me, smiling, …

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Sharing Data Across Sectors to Build Healthy Environments

Read the full Expert Insight series! Many of the strongest predictors of and well-being extend beyond hospital walls and into our neighborhoods, schools, work places and homes. Tackling the root causes of health disparities often requires that communities engage and partner across multiple sectors. For many, a critical first step is to share data that …

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New Research Can Help Health and Housing Experts Arrive at a Common Messaging Frame

Read the full Expert Insight series! This article first appeared on the Grantmakers In Health blog in August 2016. We have more evidence than ever before that housing is one of the most important and one of the most efficient platforms for improving outcomes. In February, Enterprise Community Partners released new research conducted in conjunction with …

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For Healthier People, We Need Healthier Neighborhoods

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post blog September 2, 2016 and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation blog on September 5, 2016.    If you were to stop a dozen people on the street and ask them about the of their communities, you would likely get wildly different answers. Some might come at it from a …

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