Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing: The Role of the Health Care System

July 26, 2012 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

According to a 2010 study, there are 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S. each year—that’s 1 in 45 kids. Not surprisingly, children with inadequate or unstable housing situations have disproportionately high rates of chronic disease, asthma, hunger, traumatic stress, and emotional and behavioral problems. Strategies to stabilize housing for children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are important for diminishing the health risks facing this vulnerable population.

This webinar on the role of the health care system in fostering healthy living environments for families featured health and housing experts discussing the following topics:

  • the effects of unstable housing on children’s health and the scope of the problem across the nation
  • the potential impact of health system changes, including Medicaid expansions and new funding for community health workers
  • the efforts of health plan foundations to improve access to stable housing
  • additional opportunities for health care stakeholders to advance the health of at-risk families


Additional Resources

Abraham G. & Yost JB. Another Call to Go Upstream: Housing is Health, Views from the Field, July 16, 2012, Grantmakers in Health

America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010. The National Center on Family Homelessness, December 2011.

Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas

Blue Cross Foundation (Minnesota)

Blue Cross Foundation (Minnesota) Videos:

            Preventing Harm Minnesota: Healthy Homes Healthy Kids 

            Visible Child Campaign’s Asthma Buster Video

Campaign to End Child Homelessness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Homes webpage.

Family Housing Fund. Family Supportive Housing/Children’s Environmental Initiative 

Forum on Health, Homelessness and Poverty at George Mason University November 8, 2012

Homeless Children: Update on Research, Policy, Programs and Opportunities. Policy Research Associates, 2010.

Homelessness and its Effects on Children. Family Housing Fund. 1999.

Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Reform Source

Karr C. Homeless Children: What Every Health Care Provider Should Know. Joining Hands. Healing Lives. Health Care for the Homeless Clinician’s Network. 

Leading Our Nation to Healthier Homes: The Healthy Homes Strategic Plan. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. 2009.

McMorrow S, Kenney GM, Coyer C. Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act. May 2011. The Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Mykyta L, & Macartney S. Sharing a Household: Household Composition and Economic Well-Being: 2007-2010. U.S. Census Bureau. Consumer Income, Current Population Report. June 2012.

Nardone M, Cho R & Moses K. Medicaid-Financed Services in Supportive Housing for High Need Homeless Beneficiaries: The Business Case. Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. June 2012.

The National Center on Family Homelessness

National Health Care for the Homeless Council Health Reform Materials:

        Community Health Workers: Financing and Administration – Sept. 2011

        Community Health Workers in Health care for the Homeless – June 2011

        Policy Brief: State Options for Medicaid Expansion – July 2011

        Policy Brief: Reducing Barriers to Medicaid Enrollment – August 2010

National Survey of Programs and Services for Homeless Families. Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

Opening Doors Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. 2010.

Perlman S, Fantuzzo J. Timing and influence of early experiences of child maltreatment and homelessness on children’s educational well-being. Children & Youth Services Review, 32(6):874-883, 2010.

Preventing Harm Minnesota, Healthy Homes

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes, 2009. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

United States Department of Health and Human Service Health Reform Website

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness