Online Program

Unpacking Expertise: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Promote Health in Housing Redevelopment

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Amber Haley, MPH, VCU Center on Society and Health, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Albert Walker III, ThM, VCU Center on Human Needs, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Emily Zimmerman, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Center on Society and Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Public housing residents tend to have high rates of serious chronic health problems. Faced with relocation during housing redevelopment, residents’ health may worsen faced with stress and loss of social support networks. A one-year planning project funded by the Kresge Foundation concentrated on two strategies for improving health during housing redevelopment. First, we collaborated with the Urban Institute to identify best practices for services to ensure that local decision-makers would have access to evidence-based information. Second, we established a Redevelopment Public Health Team (RPHT) that engaged local service providers and stakeholders poised to affect local policies and services.

The Center on Society and Health convened the RPHT and facilitated discussions and planning steps. The RPHT identified and prioritized local health needs, reviewed evidence-based practices, and developed recommendations for coordinated services. To widen ensure community residents’ perspectives were represented, the team collaborated with the Informed Neighbors Corps, a group of community leaders from the public housing development.

The teams drew on local expertise and data to assess community strengths and opportunities and prioritize needs.  We will present on the engagement process, evidence-based practices selected, and the recommended adaptations and lessons learned. These recommendations were presented to the housing authority, the developer, diverse providers, and city leaders and have been used to inform programmatic priorities.

Collaboration between diverse stakeholders provided an effective approach to addressing resident priorities and building community linkages. These strategies comprised an engagement model that values collaboration and the expertise of all stakeholders to promote responsible relocation.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Compare the relative impact of the engaging various stakeholder groups in planning for the redevelopment of a subsidized housing community Explore relationships between community residents, area service providers, policymakers, community developers, and academic researchers in promoting population health through neighborhood change Explain the importance of tailoring evidence-based practices to a local community context

Keyword(s): Built Environment, Community-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Through an ongoing community-academic research partnership, Engaging Richmond. Through Engaging Richmond, I've developed, maintained, and strengthened relationships with community partners, including both community residents and community-based organizations. I am the PI of both of the studies presented in this abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.