On an anecdotal level, many of us know that community development efforts benefit the health of clients and residents. Home repairs may reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks by eliminating mold, or reduce fall hazards for the elderly; blight removal and infrastructure improvements may increase the amount of physical activity in a neighborhood as residents start going outside more; increased income may lead to greater access to and consumption of healthy foods. Yet, programs and projects focused on home repair, infrastructure improvements, employment, and other non-health-related topics rarely document and demonstrate their importance to improving health.
Measuring and sharing health outcomes can be an effective strategy for identifying additional partners, leveraging new funding sources, and strengthening your case for support. Join us as we discuss these questions:
- What health measures are you most likely to impact through home repairs?
- What are the best ways to collect information on health outcomes?
- Once you've collected information, how do you communicate it to others--especially to potential partners in the health sector?
This webinar will be led by Brendan Brown and Kiersten Sweeney of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI).
Brendan Brown is the Senior Associate for Research, Policy and Environmental Health Science at GHHI. As the program manager for the EPA Indoor Environments Program grant, he leads the National Initiative for Asthma Reimbursement, which aims to support new or existing business partnerships to develop comprehensive environmental health services and assist in obtaining reimbursement for services. He also provides leadership and direct support on four asthma Pay for Success projects for the Social Innovation Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation while collecting member and claims data from healthcare providers.
Kiersten Sweeney joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative as a Social Innovation Specialist in October 2017. In this role, she works with multiple organizations across the US to understand and demonstrate their value in order to secure sustainable financing for evidence-based services. Prior to joining GHHI, she provided expertise to governments, community-based organizations, and local businesses to access and leverage low-cost private capital for economic development projects.
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