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Healthy Homes and Communities Webinar Series:

Can housing and community development really improve health outcomes?

The Healthy Homes and Communities four-part webinar series explored topics at the intersection of health, housing, and community development. The series focused on four central themes on the “First Tuesday” of every month from September to December.

  1. Healthy Communities - Building vibrant, safe and healthy neighborhoods
  2. Healthy Homes - Improving health within the home
  3. Healthy People - Keeping people healthy throughout the life-span
  4. Partnerships - Building partnerships with the health care sector to reduce health disparities

Each webinar used concrete examples to highlight best practices within the field, and provided evidence-based strategies to integrate health into community development. Also discussed were innovative funding streams and evaluation strategies for this work. 

Past Webinars

Best Practices & Resources to Help Older Americans to Age in their Homes and Communities Webinar

This webinar, brought jointly by the healthy homes and communities team and the northeast region, featured a representative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who spoke about their new funding opportunity to help seniors age in place with community support.

The webinar also featured two executive directors from our network, who administer regional hubs for Support and Services at Home (SASH) in Vermont, one of the models that informed the HUD funding opportunity.

  • Leah Lozier, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Eileen Peltier, Downstreet Housing and Development and Trisha Ingalls, Rural Edge

Part 1: Healthy Communities

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2-3 p.m. EST

The kickoff webinar highlighted promising practices to build healthy communities through new partnerships between the community development, public health, and health care sectors.

Ruth Lindberg of the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, introduced health impact assessments as a useful tool to guide decision-making. Julie Trocchio of the Catholic Health Association explained how community benefits can support partnerships with nonprofit hospitals. Lastly, Arthur Chaput of NeighborWorks Umpqua and Chris Krehmeyer of Beyond Housing highlighted practical, evidence-based strategies to improve the health of residents, with a particular focus on food access, green space, safe streets, and healthy homes.

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Part 2: Healthy Homes

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2-3 p.m. EST

The second webinar in the four-part series highlighted promising practices to integrate healthy principles into housing and improve the health of residents at home.

Part 2: Healthy Homes
Presenters discuss cross-sector collaborations with hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and other health partners to develop healthy homes initiatives. Topics include innovative design, building, maintenance, rehab, and in-home services. Panelists provide results of evaluations with demonstrated health outcome improvements and also share cutting edge financial strategies, such as Social Impact Bonds.
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Part 3: Healthy People

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2-3 p.m. EST

The third webinar in the four-part series introduced innovative strategies to keep residents healthy throughout the life-span with a focus on older Americans, individuals with disabilities, and formerly homeless individuals.

Part 3: Healthy People
Presenters discussed innovative programs that both increase housing stability and improve health outcomes for medically vulnerable populations. Presenters described how affordable housing organizations can coordinate with health care partners to strengthen service offerings. Presenters also introduced evidence-based programs to help older adults’ remain in their homes as they age and manage chronic health conditions. Local examples from affordable housing organizations in Austin and Portland highlighted cross-sector collaboration as a critical piece to increasing access to healthcare, reducing healthcare expenses, and improving the quality of life for residents.
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Part 4: Partnerships

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2-3 p.m. EST

The fourth webinar highlighted the importance of engaging community members and building new partnerships with health stakeholders and other local leaders to improve community health.

Part 4: Partnerships
Presenters introduced the County Health Ranking and Roadmap Program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, as well as practical strategies to strengthen multi-sector partnerships with the health care sector. Presenters also highlighted the Sankofa Initiative, a collaborative in Rhode Island, which features a local health department, university, and community development corporation working to integrate healthy food access into affordable housing.  By providing multiple perspectives on one initiative, the presenters provided a deeper understanding of both the challenges and opportunities in aligning the priorities of the health and housing sectors to improve the health of residents.
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