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October 11, 2016 12:50 PMCategory: Health Equity

Housing is a Social Determinant of Health

As the old saying goes, home should be ‘where the heart is’, but for many, it’s where the health risks are. Recognizing housing as a social determinant of health, and how we can create and ensure healthy homes, is key to increasing health equity and creating a more healthy nation.

Check out the these healthy home principles from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

  • Keep it dry
  • Keep it clean
  • Keep it safe
  • Keep it well-ventilated
  • Keep it pest free
  • Keep it contaminant free
  • Keep your home maintained
  • Keep it thermally controlled

Learn more about how housing influences health with APHA’s newly released Storify, Housing: A Foundation for Health and this recent story from The Nation’s Health.

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Image courtesy of APHA.

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