Yes! Weekly: Researchers examine link between housing and health
On October 2, 2016, Allison Stalberg of Yes! Weekly covered Greensboro’s Invest Health initiative:
“Local researchers will focus on the effect of substandard housing on incidence of asthma. Research by the NC Department of Health Services found that nearly a third of children in North Carolina visited the ER or Urgent Care due to asthma last year. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America also found that Greensboro’s asthma rate is influenced by higher than average poverty and uninsured rates.
“Director of the Center for Housing and Community Studies, Dr. Stephen Sills, has been involved with Greensboro’s Invest Health along with the Director of Community Outreach for Cone Health, Kathy Colville.
“We can really think of it in terms of the emergency department is probably one of the most expensive places for us to pay for housing, which is an interesting way to think about it,” said Colville. “We don’t often think about the fact that we might actually be paying for the consequences for unhealthy or unsafe housing in the emergency department.”