5035.0 Healthy People, Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 8:30 AM
The environment and surroundings of individuals play a significant role in the status of their health. Both physical and mental stress as a result of the certain external factors leads to various health conditions like hypertension and. In the following the session, the presenters will discuss how certain conditions like poverty and deprivation impact health negatively. Furthermore, relocation and lack of transport to health services leads to a further decline in the quality of health services available to the residents of communities. In addition, the session will shed light on studies examining links between foreclosures and health of the affected population. Also discussed will be tools like an online resource that focuses on policies and organizational changes that local health practitioners and community based organizations can take to bolster their efforts to achieve health equity.
Session Objectives: Identify areas of low access to health and social service organizations for displaced public housing residents and discuss the importance of staying connected to clients during and after relocation. Explain to what extent poor health and high health care utilization are risk factors for foreclosure. Explain the link between neighborhood and the health of its residents, and discuss the conceptualizations used when examining effects of neighborhoods in rural communities. Discuss the importance of considering planning and development issues when evaluating public health research, programs, and policy. Identify how policy changes can improve health equity.
Vamsi Vasireddy, MD, MPH, DrPHc

8:45 AM
Conceptualization and measurement of the neighborhood in rural locales: A systematic review
Molly M. De Marco, PhD, MPH and Allison C. De Marco, PhD, MSW
9:00 AM
Home foreclosure and health: A case-control study in Philadelphia
Craig Pollack, MD, MHS, Shanu Kurd, BA, Mark Weiner, MD, Alice Livshits, BS and Julia Lynch, PhD
9:15 AM
Neighborhood-level characteristics and indoor allergens in the household
Lindsay E. Rosenfeld, SD, SM, Rima Rudd, MSPH, ScD, Ginger Chew, ScD, Karen M. Emmons, PhD and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD
9:30 AM
Practice, Policy and Partners to Achieve Equitable Health and Safety Outcomes
Elizabeth D. Waiters, PhD, Manal Aboelata, MS, Linnea Ashley, MPH, Sharon N. Rodriguez, BA and Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Family Violence Prevention Forum, Socialist Caucus, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)