Doorway to Health: Investigating the Housing Effect
By Kate Raphael
Housing significantly affects health. In our homes, we experience the intersection of many health-related factors, and when we spend so much time in this environment, the cumulative effects of where we live can have long-term health consequences. A growing body of literature documents many of these links between housing and health, but the specific pathways through which housing brings about health outcomes are less clear.
In the first video in his series on housing, Dr. Aaron Carroll helps explain the links between housing and health. Dr. Carroll walks his audience through four pathways between housing and health that researcher Lauren Taylor outlined in her policy brief in Health Affairs: the stability pathway, the affordability pathway, the safety and quality pathway, and the neighborhood pathway.