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Housing and Your Health: Connecting the Dots

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Courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti

In an opinion piece published last week in Roll Call, Raphael Bostic (HUD) and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (RWJF) tell it like it is: housing policy is health policy.

We are proud to support HUD — as well as HHS, EPA, and other federal agencies — in their joint effort to create healthy homes and neighborhoods. Our team is currently hard at work developing a new federal website featuring easy-to-understand information on health and housing topics like asthma, pests, personal safety, and renters’ rights.

The launch of this new federal healthy homes site will not only make critical information easily accessible to web users everywhere, but also serve to bolster the efforts of the agencies and individuals who agree that the health and housing sectors must work together in order to be effective.

To that end, we’re also happy to announce that over the next 5 years, CommunicateHealth will be supporting CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in its mission to prevent illness, disability, and death from interactions between people and their environment.

At CommunicateHealth, we are committed to educating people about the link between our health and our housing — a link that has been largely overlooked for far too long. We know that improving housing also improves health. Now it’s time to translate that knowledge into action.

As HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said at a recent conference: “You can predict the life expectancy of a child by the ZIP code in which they grow up. This is wrong.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Healthy Homes, a new federal website, is scheduled to launch this spring.

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