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Housing Mobility and Health: Connecting Families and Children to Improved Health Outcomes

May 22, 2007 at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 N. St. Paul St., Baltimore, Maryland



8:30 – 9:00: sign in/bagels and coffee

9:00 – 9:15: welcome and brief introduction to the Thompson mobility program

Roger Williams, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Barbara Samuels, ACLU of Maryland

The Thompson Housing Mobility Program and an Opportunity Analysis of the Baltimore Region

9:15 – 11:00: Panel 1 – the research and its implications for housing mobility and health: An expert roundtable discussion of current and future research on the relation between neighborhood poverty and health. What does the existing research suggest for housing and health policy? What is the future research agenda to assess the value of housing mobility as a public health strategy?

Dr. Susan Popkin and Carlos Manjarrez
The Urban Institute

Health and Housing: New Findings from the HOPE VI Panel Study

Poor Health: Adding Insult to Injury for HOPE VI Families

Prof. Tama Leventhal
Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia
Harvard School of Public Health

Regional Mobility and Health: A Path to Action

Moderator: Dr. Gail Christopher
Director, Health Policy Institute
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

11:00 – 12:00: Panel 2 – expanding health care access for participating families: Developing a plan for improved access to health care resources in target communities. What is the geographic distribution of managed care providers participating in the state medical assistance and child health programs and where are the gaps? Discussion of barriers to participation and exploration of approaches to recruiting additional suburban health care providers.

Ellen Lawton
Executive Director
Medical-Legal Partnership for Children at Boston Medical Center

Stacey Davis
Deputy Director, Program Evaluation & Legislation
Maryland Department of Health

Maryland Medicaid Program: An Overview

Dr. Peter Beilenson
Health Officer, Howard County Health Department

Moderator: Prof. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia
Harvard School of Public Health

12:15 – 1:30: Panel 3 – assessing family health needs: A discussion of best approaches to working effectively with individual families participating in the mobility program – including viability of family health and nutrition assessments at the time of intake into the program and family health improvement plans and followup for participants. Also - what is the feasibility of targeting specific “sentinel” conditions in the eligible population (asthma, lead, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, depression): can we effectively identify and prioritize families and children most in need of a move to a healthier environment?

(working lunch provided)

Prof. Thomas A. Glass
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology

Dr. M. Christopher Gibbons
Urban Health Institute
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Dr. Lauren Smith
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
National Medical Director, Medical-Legal Partnership for Children at Boston Medical Center

Moderator: Philip Tegeler,
Poverty & Race Research Action Council

1:30 – 2:00: discussion of next steps; adjourn




The May 22nd forum on housing mobility and health is cosponsored by the Baltimore Regional Housing Campaign and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with additional support from the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation.

We are also grateful for the generous contribution of Quadel Consulting, a housing firm that works with state and local housing agencies and nonprofits (Quadel is the parent company of Metropolitan Baltimore Quadel, one of the mobility program administrators in Baltimore).

The overall work of the Baltimore Regional Housing Campaign is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Abell Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Goldseker Foundation, the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and the Baltimore Community Foundation. The Poverty & Race Research Action Council is also grateful for the support of the Taconic Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which support its work on housing mobility and minority health disparities, respectively. The forum on housing mobility and health will be followed later this year by similar meetings on housing mobility & employment, and housing mobility & education/youth development.

Special thanks to Nkiru Azikiwe, Health Policy Fellow at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, for her excellent work in pulling today’s meeting together.


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