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Housing and Health: Time Again for Public Health Action

Poor housing conditions are associated with a wide range of health conditions, includingrespiratory infections, asthma, lead poisoning, injuries, and mental health. Addressinghousing issues offers public health practitioners an opportunity to address animportant social determinant of health. Public health has long been involved in housingissues. In the 19th century, health officials targeted poor sanitation, crowding, andinadequate ventilation to reduce infectious diseases as well as fire hazards to decreaseinjuries. Today, public health departments can employ multiple strategies to improve housing, such as developing and enforcing housing guidelines and codes, implementing“Healthy Homes” programs to improve indoor environmental quality, assessing housingconditions, and advocating for healthy, affordable housing. Now is the time for publichealth to create healthier homes by confronting substandard housing. The review can be found in: Am J Public Health. 2002;92:758–768.

Author: James Krieger, Higgins DL

Published: 01/01/2002

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: American Journal of Public Health