Health Starts at Home

In the Media

Health Starts at Home

Final Evaluation Forum


June 1, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM



Over the last decade, studies have shown that housing instability 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. Since 2014, the Boston Foundation’s Health Starts at Home initiative has brought together housing and health-care organizations in a series of partnerships. The purpose was to support work that demonstrates the benefits of stable, affordable housing on children’s health outcomes. This event marks the culmination of the seven-year Health Starts at Home initiative, with an assessment of its innovative and significant body of work.    
Please join us as representatives from the four partnerships describe their work and researchers from Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and Urban Institute share the final findings from the Health Starts at Home outcome evaluation. The presentations will be followed by a panel of experts discussing the promise of these collaborations for improved health outcomes in children and their caregivers.

Orlando C. Watkins,
Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation

Research Presentations
Lisa Arsenault, PhD,
Senior Research Scientist, Research & Evaluation, HRiA
Josh Leopold, MS,
Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH,
Managing Director, Research & Evaluation, HRiA

Health Starts at Home Partnership Presentations
Georgia Katsoulomitis,
Executive Director, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute 
Elizabeth Pauley,
Associate Vice President, Education to Career and Health & Wellness, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Megan Sandel, MD, MPH,
Co-Lead Principal Investigator, Children’s Health Watch
Stefanie Shull,
Program Director, The Neighborhood Developers
Candace Keshwar,
Family Care Coordinator, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Leslie Aldrich,
Executive Director, Center for Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
Soni Gupta,
Director, Neighborhoods & Housing, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Gloria Meneses,
Director of Compliance, Boston Housing Authority
Dr. Snehal Shah, MD,
Pediatrics Specialist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Live stream link will be sent after registration, prior to the event.

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