The Path Forward on Social Determinants of Health: Housing
Recorded on January 28, 2021
Stable housing and health outcomes are inextricably linked. When a patient loses housing – or is in jeopardy of losing housing– health outcomes suffer. COVID has led us to a moment of crisis. Thirty million to 40 million people in the United States face eviction. People of color are disproportionately impacted. Addressing housing as a social determinant of health is critical to achieving health equity. This webinar brings together experts from housing, healthcare and the intersection of both to share innovative short- and long-term solutions you can implement in your community.
David Rich is the Executive Director of Supportive Housing Works where he has played a leadership role in developing and implementing local and regional campaigns to end homelessness. David also created and serves as Chair of Opening Doors of Fairfield County, a collaboration of over 125 social service organizations, government agencies, corporations and municipalities whose goal is to end all forms of homelessness by 2020. It is the second highest performing Continuum of Care in the nation. David has 25 years’ experience creating and building market-based solutions to alleviating poverty in North & Central America, Africa and Asia. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Belieze, he has founded five non-profit and for-profit companies, and turned around and brought to scale an additional four organizations.
Jason Shaplen; Chief Strategy and New Ventures Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
Jason Shaplen’s career has spanned many sectors. He has served in senior capacities in business, the not-for-profit sector, diplomacy, journalism and politics. Prior to joining CHC, he spent 20 years working the field of serving the homeless and affordable housing, including leading some of the nation’s largest organizations serving the homeless in New York, New England and Los Angeles. His work at the intersection of housing and healthcare has included innovative solutions such as building medical facilities within shelters (including integrating care plans), building family shelters with early childhood programs and afterschool programs onsite, and building deeply affordable housing with Early Head Start schools onsite (allowing single parents to train for and secure jobs, breaking the long-term cycle of homelessness).