This webinar explored the connection between housing and health, with a focus on emerging research about pathways to improve health outcomes by reducing housing insecurity and improving quality and affordability. Broader social issues, including gentrification and displacement were also discussed.

This was the first online learning event in a new webinar series: Highlights from the 2019 Sharing Knowledge to Build a Culture of Health Conference. The series showcases select sessions from the conference, held from March 6-8, 2019 near Houston, Texas. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with AcademyHealth, convened a cross-sectoral community of researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss and share multidisciplinary evidence related to health and well-being. Now in its fourth year, the conference supports the Foundation’s vision to build a national Culture of Health, where everyone in our diverse society has a just and fair opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how housing policies impact health
  • Understand the role of community-based participatory research in addressing housing challenges
  • Discuss how one public housing redevelopment project measured and addressed resident’s health 
  • Recognize how housing is connected to broader issues of land use, environmental changes, and adaptation strategies

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Speaker List

Opening Remarks:

Martina Todaro Headshot

Martina Todaro, M.P.A.

Research Associate - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Martina Todaro is an Associate in the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read Bio


Ruby Mendenhall Headshot

Ruby Mendenhall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read Bio


Shanondora Billiot Headshot

Shanondora Billiot, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. Read Bio

Alastair Matheson Headshot

Alastair Matheson, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Epidemiologist - Public Health—Seattle & King County

Alastair Matheson is an epidemiologist at Public Health—Seattle & King County in the Assessment, Policy Develo... Read Bio