Forum Session

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Through Housing and Community Development Policies
October 16, 2015


Jennifer Jenson, MPH, MPP


Health policy and community development share a common goal of improving the well-being of individuals and communities, although the fields rely on a different mix of policies and programs to pursue this end. For decades, the community development sector has been investing in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods with support from federal policies and programs that help finance affordable housing, business development, community organizations, and services. This Forum session introduced federal housing and community development policies, and it featured innovative programs that draw on a mix of public and private resources and collaborate with health partners to address the social determinants of health.


David J. Erickson, PhD (bio)
Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Douglas A. Garver, MCRP (bio)
Executive Director, Ohio Housing Finance Agency

Walter Moreau, MPA (bio)
Executive Director, Foundation Communities

Jeanne Pinado, MBA (bio)
Chief Executive Officer, Madison Park Development Corporation

Related Materials

David Erikson and Nancy Andrews, "Partnerships Among Community Development, Public Health, and Health Care Could Improve the Well-Being of Low-Income People," Health Affairs, 30, no. 11 (November 2011): pp. 2056–2063.

Sandra Braunstein and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, "How the Health and Community Development Sectors are Combining Forces to Improve Health and Well-Being," Health Affairs, 30, no. 11 (November 2011): pp. 2042–2051.

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