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The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Housing Justice for Health Equity

Date: Monday, August 27. 2018
Registration Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 am (30 min) • Event Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Location: 33 North LaSalle, The Vault Conference Room (lower level)
Registration: Sliding scale ($15 recommended)

In public health, housing is widely considered a social determinant of health. Safe, affordable, accessible, and healthy housing has grown as an area of interest for both the field of public health and the healthcare sector, aligning with housing advocates’ long-term work on this front.

Recognizing the inextricable link between housing and health, some health sector initiatives—like hospitals investing in supportive housing for selections of patients—have recently begun to address housing needs for some individuals, buoyed by the Affordable Care Act’s focus on population health as part of the Triple Aim. The health sector as a whole should build on these efforts by utilizing its power and influence to support policies to intervene on structural determinants of health inequities related to housing.
  • How do structural inequities stratify access to high-quality, safe, accessible, affordable housing in Chicago?
  • What are some policy solutions to these inequities?
  • What are the health implications of different housing policies?
  • What is the City’s five-year housing plan and how can it help support healthy communities?
These and other questions will be explored at this forum.

Health & Medicine is a part of the Chicago Housing Justice League (CHJL), a coalition of 37 organizations focused on advancing a set of principles for Chicago’s next five-year housing plan. The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing is co-sponsoring this forum with Health & Medicine. Together, we invite you to join us for this opportunity to hear from Chicago officials leading the planning process, learn about the principles of the CHJL, hear from advocates about in-progress development of the five-year housing plan, and to discuss how the health sector can be a stronger force for influencing equitable housing policies in Chicago.

  • Moderator: Frank Avellone, Senior Attorney and Policy Coordinator, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing.
  • Byron Sigcho, former Executive Director, Pilsen Alliance
  • Leah Levinger, Executive Director, Chicago Housing Initiative
  • Christian Diaz, Housing Organizer, Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President of Government Affairs, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the City of Chicago's Five-Year Housing Plan
  • List policies related to housing and relationship to health equity
  • Describe input process on Chicago five-year housing plan
Health & Medicine invites you to join, learn alongside, and forge new connections with other public health professionals, health systems, health departments, health advocates, and housing advocates on issues related to housing and health.

Additional event details:
  • Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is committed to making policy conversations equitable and inclusive. Our sliding scale fee for forum registrations is one reflection of this commitment, as we do not want costs to hinder anyone from joining these discussions. Please select the registration amount that aligns with your or your organization’s means. Registration fees are used to help cover the costs of hosting Health & Medicine forums.
  • Health & Medicine uses its registration count to plan for room setup and to order food, which have budgetary and other planning implications. If your schedule changes and you no longer can make it, please simply email us at so that we can plan accordingly.
  • Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or with any requests for sign language interpretation, accessibility concerns, and any other questions regarding this forum.
Thank you to:
The Chicago Community Trust for their support of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series
The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing for their co-sponsorship and support