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Symposium: Exponential Impact: Connecting Health, Housing and Community (ML904)

DECEMBER 10, 2014 - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM ET

Washington, DC

Explore the connection between health, home and community at this special symposium taking place during the NeighborWorks Training Institute in Washington, DC.  Homes and communities have a great impact on an individual’s health and affect day-to-day choices, which can have both positive and negative results. As obesity rates and other chronic health conditions rise, so do health care costs.  Since home and health issues are interlaced, community development and health care systems have begun to acknowledge the need to start working together.

Many opportunities exist for linking health, community and housing. Potential areas of collaboration include healthy community design, increasing options for physical fitness, increasing access to healthy food, and creating options for aging in place for older residents. This interactive session will bring together professionals from the housing, community development, public health and medical arenas so they can learn from each other and take advantage of opportunities that link health, housing and community development.

Topics include:  

  • New ideas for improving health in communities
  • Best practices in cross-sector partnerships
  • Strategies to break down barriers and build long-term, sustainable partnerships
  • Key business drivers of the health care system
  • Ways to evaluate programming and design good quality improvement systems