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Health and Housing Design

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Over the past several years, I’ve been covering efforts to promote healthy communities in ways that will foster health among individuals and communities in ways that can reduce the need for acute care services and, concurrently, health care spending.

There is growing recognition that stable housing is key to health and coordinated health care. Someone who doesn’t have stable housing can be lost to health care providers, impeding the ability to work over time to help people better manage their chronic illnesses. And being homeless is associated with myriad health problems, both physical and mental. This has become so important that states such as New York are exploring ways to improve health outcomes and reduce health care spending by providing stable housing for people.

But the link between housing and health goes beyond just having a stable home. Evidence is mounting that demonstrates that how the housing is designed is key to health. The New York State Health Foundation is funding work to design low income housing in the Bronx and Brooklyn that promotes the active engagement of residents and enhances their possibilities for health.

Leading this work is the Center for Active Design, a non-profit organization that uses design to foster healthy and engaged communities. Today on HealthCetera, producer and  moderator Diana Mason, PhD, RN, interviews Joanna Frank, Executive Director of the Center for Active Design.

So tune in on Thursday, April 6, 2017, to HealthCetera Radio on WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City or streaming online at Or you can listen anytime or download the interview by clicking here:

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Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.

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