Health Starts at Home

Public Event

Health Starts at Home Research Roundtable


February 25, 2020

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington St., 3rd Floor Boston


Over the last decade, studies have shown that instability in housing has a profoundly negative impact on a child’s mental, behavioral and physical health. The result is higher health-care costs and increased burdens on homeless systems and providers. Health Starts at Home (HSAH) is an initiative hosted by the Boston Foundation that brings together housing and health-care organizations in partnerships to support work that demonstrates the positive benefits of stable, affordable housing on children’s health outcomes. This event will highlight the work of those partnerships and review early results.

Please join us as researchers from Health Resources in Action and Urban Institute share interim evaluation outcomes and housing data from the Health Starts at Home three-year implementation phase. After the presentation, representatives from all four of the HSAH partnerships will discuss the successes and challenges of each of their programs during a moderated panel discussion.


Orlando Watkins, Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of Report
Lisa Arsenault, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Health Resources in Action
Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH, Managing Director, Research & Evaluation, Health Resources in Action
Josh Leopold, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute


Panel Discussion
Soni Gupta, Director, Neighborhoods & Housing, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Susan Keyes, Principal Investigator, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Andrea Park, Staff 
Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, Co-Lead Principal Investigator, Children’s Health Watch
Stefanie Shull, Program Director, The Neighborhood Developers

For additional information, or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle at: