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Healthy Start in Housing

Socio-Ecological Model at play in REAL LIFE Public Health

Zhandra Cesar

on 17 September 2012

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Transcript of Healthy Start in Housing

Socio Ecological Model in REAL LIFE public Health Healthy Start in Housing Sam Jones, 23 I am a mother of one. Currently, I am 6 months pregnant. I am on bed rest because of my high risk pregnancy. As a result, I lost my job. My daughter and I, now, live in a shelter. Outright homelessness is only one expression of the housing challenge faced by low income families. Doubling-up, being behind on rent, payment of a disproportionate amount of income on rent, and moving among friends and relatives are common forms of housing stress experienced by low-income families. [5] Homelessness is not simple... Lets look at Sam A social ecological perspective considers how factors on various levels work to influence an individual’s circumstances and behavior. This type of analysis examines a problem on the:
community, and
societal levels.

This approach is highly appropriate in seeking to understand homelessness. The failure to appreciate the complex and multiple facets underlying the issue serve to further delay much-needed progress. Socio-ecological Model Why do you think she homeless? Let us first state the obvious... Healthy Start in Housing is an innovative program designed to improve access to housing for pregnant women who are at risk of adverse birth outcomes and are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Goal from BPHC perspective: to improve birth outcomes and the long term health of mothers, infants, and families.
Goal from the BHA perspective: to improve the long-term stability of public housing in Boston and quality of life for BHA tenants, and to maximize the impact of housing to benefit the well-being of Boston residents.

The program model provides access to housing coupled with intensive case management. It was designed to address the goals of both organizations. “Stable housing and quality perinatal care are vital to helping reduce birth disparities. Housing insecurity is the first thing women report as a source of worry and distress during pregnancy. That stress translates into higher rates of low birth weight and preterm birth, and ultimately into the disparities we see in infant health and survival. A safe, secure home is the best prescription a city can provide to assure healthy pregnancy.” BPHC Director, Barbara Ferrer Why is this work important? Why focus on homelessness? has been an ongoing mission of Public Health And Solving Racial Disparities.... What level of the socio-ecological model does Healthy Start in Housing address? Now that I have shared with you the program....
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