Housing and Obesity Workshop: Gaps, Opportunities and Future Directions for Health Equity

Event details


This multi-agency sponsored workshop will examine the role of homelessness in obesity-related health inequalities, the evidence base for housing-related interventions to address obesity inequalities, and future directions for health equity for all. Household insecurity is a growing challenge in the U.S., with millions unable to afford rent and utilities, who move frequently, live in low-quality housing, and live in underserved neighborhoods. The growing level of housing insecurity is causing the burden of obesity through a variety of interacting mechanisms, at the individual, interpersonal, community and social levels. This includes inadequate access to healthy and affordable food and the lack of safe green spaces, transportation, and other challenges. Moreover, housing insecurity is rooted and sustained in historical systemic racism and is the driving force behind current housing segregation, housing ownership disparities, housing inequalities, and wealth inequalities.

The overall goal of this workshop is to accelerate research on the role of insecurity in housing (including housing availability, quality, stability, and neighborhood context) on lifelong behaviors and pathways under the risk of obesity-related health inequalities. The workshop will highlight research on housing policies and programs related to obesity, as well as methods for housing and obesity research, including study design, measures, data links, and analytical approaches. The event will highlight interventions that focus on addressing housing as a social need, as well as those that are on the way to addressing housing as a basic social determinant of health. The workshop will feature engaging and interactive discussions to identify research questions, identify health equity research priorities across different sectors, and identify opportunities for research collaborations and partnerships in federal, regional, and local housing programs.

The two-day workshop is an online event and is free and open to the public. The meeting will bring together researchers, leaders and experts from a variety of disciplines, including housing, obesity, health inequality, health equity, public health and other important areas. The event will feature roundtable presentations, poster sessions, small sessions and interactive discussions. Registration is required.


This workshop is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLBI), the National Cancer Institute (NCI); Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), NIH; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); In collaboration with the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Institute for Minority and Health Inequality (NIMHD) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Factory leaders:
Danya Keene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
School of Public Health
Yale University

Craig Pollack, MD, MHS
Katey Ayers Endowed Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Those in charge of the scientific program
Mary Evans, Ph.D., NIDDK, NIH
Alison Brown, Ph.D., MS, RDN, NHLBI, NIH
Jacqueline Lloyd, Ph.D., MSW, ODP, NIH

Organizing Committee Members:
Shavon Artis Dickerson, Dr.PH, MPH; NIDDK, NIH
Raquel Greer, MD, MHS; NIDDK, NIH
Fanta Kamara, MS; NIDDK, NIH
Barbara Linder, MD, Ph.D .; NIDDK, NIH
Saira Mehmood, PhD; NIDDK, NIH
Jenna Norton, PhD, MPH; NIDDK, NIH
Vanessa White, MS; NIDDK, NIH
David Berrigan, PhD, MPH; NCI, NIH
Marissa Shams-White, PhD, MSTOM, MSMPH; NCI, NIH
Rebecca Campo, PhD; NHLBI, NIH
Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, MD; NHLBI, NIH
Laurie Friedman Donze, PhD; NHLBI, NIH
Regina Bures, PhD; NICHD, NIH
Layla Esposito, PhD; NICHD, NIH
Olga Herren, PhD; NIMHD, NIH
Yewande Oladeinde, PhD; NIMHD, NIH
Lynn Adams, PhD; NINR, NIH
David Banks, PhD, MPH, MSSW, RN; NINR, NIH
Bramaramba Kowtha MS, RDN, LDN; ODP, NIH
Elizabeth Vogt, MPH; ODP, NIH
Liberty Walton, MPH; ODP, NIH
Leah Lozier, PhD; HUD
Dr. Stephanie Rutledge; CDC
Christopher Holliday, Ph.D., MPH, MA, FACHE; CDC

Registration deadline

November 9, 2022

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