As health systems and health plans take steps to advance health equity, housing interventions have become a major priority. Beyond screening for housing instability and connecting people with housing resources, healthcare leaders are looking for ways to inform and support bold policy solutions to stabilize housing and keep patients healthy and in their homes. The deeply rooted structural racism of American housing policy is reflected in the disproportionate impact of housing instability and eviction on communities of color, and demands bold policy solutions centered on equity.
This webinar featured a presentation by CityHealth (a partnership of de Beaumont Foundation & Kaiser Permanente) focused on 2022 housing policy priorities, and highlighted a concrete set of policy solutions that healthcare leaders can support and advance in their communities to stabilize housing, prevent evictions, and promote access to affordable housing.
Watch to learn from vanguard housing justice advocates at PolicyLink and the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership about the critical role of legal aid for renters in improving health equity.
- Ellen Lawton, Senior Fellow, HealthBegins (host)
- Akeem Anderson, Government Affairs Director, CityHealth
- Rasheedah Phillips, Director of Housing, PolicyLink
- Bethany Hamilton, Co-Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Describe at least two policies that states, counties and cities can implement to stabilize housing, prevent evictions, and promote access to affordable housing.
- Identify how health systems and health plans, including Medicaid managed care plans, can support these policy reforms.
- Describe at least one action they can take within the next month to pursue a policy opportunity to prevent evictions and stabilize housing.
Staff Spotlight: Ellen Lawton, Pioneer of Medical-Legal Partnership
“There should be a lawyer, a legal aid lawyer, in every single clinic in the country. You don’t have to call them a legal aid lawyer. You can call them a problem solver.”
Staff Spotlight: Sara Bader, From Urban Planning to Health Equity
“I would encourage people that if they feel driven to the work of reducing inequities that there is a role for them in this work.”
Staff Spotlight: Taleen Yepremian, Determined to End Inequities in Health Care Access
“It was heartbreaking to see kids that can't see a doctor or can't see psychologists or any type of provider they need because they don't have the insurance, they don't have the access to care.”