NOVEMBER 30, 2022 @ 12 - 1PM PACIFIC TIME (PT)
Housing is a major pathway through which health disparities emerge and are sustained over time. In this presentation, we’ll offer a holistic conceptual model of the impact of housing on health disparities, including the range of harmful exposures, their cumulative burden and their historical production. We illustrate how structural inequalities shape unequal distribution of access to health-promoting housing factors, which span four pillars: 1) cost (housing affordability); 2) conditions (housing quality); 3) consistency (residential stability); and 4) context (neighborhood opportunity). We further discuss how these four pillars can lead to cumulative burden by interacting with one another and with other structurally-rooted inequalities to produce and reify health disparities. We conclude by offering a comprehensive vision for healthy housing that situates housing's impact on health through a historical and social justice lens, which can help to better design policies and interventions that use housing to promote health equity.
Speakers: Dr. Diana Hernández and Carolyn Swope, Columbia University