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Wednesday, April 3 • 10:25am - 10:55am
Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health: Carrie Niemy, & Krista Egger, Enterprise Community

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Designing Health through Housing

Where someone lives affects every aspect of their life, especially their health. Homes that are of lower quality, not well-designed and unaffordable have been linked to poor health, such as asthma, obesity, mental health challenges and more. For the most vulnerable populations who have the fewest choices in both their health care and their housing, there is an enormous opportunity to impact their health through their housing. This opportunity comes into focus in the building of subsidized affordable homes, which are more easily targeted for improvement due to their formal funding structure. Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing intermediary, is tackling the long-term goal of improving health through housing. This presentation introduces the complex affordable housing system and the unique challenges it presents to adopting people-centered design, and then walks through two specific tools that present system-changing solutions: the Design Matters Toolkit and the Health Action Plan. The Design Matters Toolkit provides simple suggested behavior changes for affordable housing developers to incorporate more health outcomes into their properties, and Enterprise’s Health Action Plan framework guides developers through a structured process to partner with public health professionals to identify the highest impact resident health outcomes that can be influenced by the built environment, integrate relevant interventions in the design and development or rehabilitation of homes, and to measure the impact of those changes.
Supporting document: https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/410222/form-uploads/e4122d27-1870-4dcd-90d8-6ea9d3c03c16/0215b1a8-96f9-4dec-b58a-9f10c57eb9d7-attach_a_file_-Health-Action-Plan-Overview-of-Process-Roles.pdf?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=51577051

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Olga Elizarova

Behavior Change Director, Mad*Pow
Olga is a dentist, behavior change analyst, designer and entrepreneur. So, if you need to understand the behaviors or motivations of particular individuals, or you need a cavity filled, don’t worry, Olga can do either. After obtaining public health degree at Brown University, she... Read More →

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Krista Egger

Senior Director, National Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners
Krista Egger is senior director of National Initiatives at Enterprise. With more than a decade of experience leading energy efficiency and healthy housing initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Krista manages Enterprise’s national sustainability and resilience efforts... Read More →
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Carrie Dancy Niemy

Program Officer, Enterprise Community Partners
Carrie Dancy Niemy is a Program Officer on the National Design Team at Enterprise Community Partners. In this role, she is responsible for scaling the adoption of human-centered design in the national affordable housing ecosystem.  She directs the award-winning Affordable Housing... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 10:25am - 10:55am
Room 2 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA, USA

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