Sisterhood Agenda

Health and Housing Are Linked in Spectacular Ways

How Health and Housing Are Linked
Angela D. Coleman
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In our many years of sisterhood service, members of our Sisterhood Agenda have learned that health and housing are linked.  This link is confirmed by the latest health and housing research findings. For example, Corporation for Supportive Housing recently affirmed this fact:

“Housing and health are intrinsically linked.”

Health is dependent on many factors and conditions.  Holistic health strategies take all of them into account.

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Where we are born, grow up, work, live, and play, including the availability of food, transportation, and green spaces are all social determinants of health (SDOH).

Social determinants of health impact the quality of life that we experience, whether it’s good or bad.  When it’s good, we have the capacity to thrive.  When it’s bad, we suffer.

Just look at our health, especially our mental health.

There is more to consider, in addition to SDOH.  Positive peer support, community, and culture are too often overlooked and undervalued when we look at resilience and protective factors multidimensional social determinants of health and wellness.

Health and housing are linked in very concrete ways related to physical well-being.  Health is influenced by many factors, which may generally be organized into five broad categories known as determinants of health: 
  1. Genetics
  2. Behavior
  3. Environmental and physical influences
  4. Medical care, and
  5. Social factors
These five categories are interconnected.  Social and economic factors inevitably affect health outcomes.

Wellness real estate

We know that where you live can promote health or make you sick.  A known mantra for real estate professionals is location, location, location.  This is true with wellness real estate too.

Environmental concerns such as clean air and clean water, along with the lack or availability of green spaces and healthy food makes all the difference.  Even principles of Feng Shui are relevant here, as detailed in the incorporation of the 5 Feng Shui elements in home design and decor:  Wood, Earth, Fire, Metal, and Water.

Health and housing areas of improvement

A key area that could use improvement is health and housing data collection and sharing.

Specifically, linking the data between health systems and housing initiatives, including homeless prevention and affordable housing, could yield great insights into how housing and health intersect and affect an individual’s quality of life, disease, and capacity to thrive.

By sharing data, we can improve the coordination of housing and health services and do better.

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