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Health x Housing Lab Events

The Health x Housing Lab at NYU Langone hosts seminars and events with the goal of disseminating evidence-based information, amplifying the voices of people with lived experience of homelessness and housing insecurity, and educating a wide audience across sectors.

Health x Housing Lab Seminar Series

Our Seminar Series highlights work and research at the intersection of health and housing, with a focus on moving research to action. Seminars incorporate knowledge from research, practice, and lived experience.

When Homelessness and Mental Illness Overlap: A Cross-Sector Conversation

The intersection of mental illness and homelessness has become a hot-button issue in New York City and nationwide, and many are quick to make assumptions about solutions. At this cross-sector conversation, we heard from experts working in both the healthcare and homeless services fields on what happens when homelessness and mental illness overlap, the biggest challenges facing New York City, how we got here, and how we can ensure that fewer people fall through the cracks.

Speakers: Leonardo V. Lopez, MD (associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and director of inpatient psychiatry, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue); Sheryl Silver, LMSW, CASAC (senior vice president, Community Support and Outpatient Programs, The Bridge); Lateefah Torrence (peer advocate, Urban Justice Center); and Catherine Trapani (executive director, Homeless Services United); moderated by Lauren Taylor, PhD, MDiv, MPH (assistant professor, Department of Population Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine).

VIDEO: Speakers at a recent seminar hosted by NYU Langone’s Health x Housing Lab discussed the challenges and solutions to concurrent experiences of homelessness and mental illness.

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Crisis Response, Durable Lessons: Hotel Moves and Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 9,500 New Yorkers were moved from congregate shelters to commercial hotel rooms. This event featured panelists presenting qualitative and quantitative research on the health impacts from pandemic hotel experiences, and their own experiences living in the hotels.

Speakers: Wayne Batchelor (lived experience in hotel); Ashley Belcher (lived experience in hotel); Lynden Bond, LMSW (social worker); and Christiana Gozo (director of Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance, Project Renewal); moderated by David Brand (senior reporter, City Limits).

VIDEO: NYU Langone’s Health x Housing Lab inaugural seminar addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Yorkers who experienced homelessness during the pandemic and were moved to hotel rooms.

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Flipping the Script Events

Flipping the Script events fill a gap in medical education on housing and homelessness, and re-envision how that education is provided. At these events, people with lived experience of homelessness teach healthcare students, trainees, and practitioners about how homelessness and housing insecurity affect health, and how better care can be provided.

Flipping the Script: A Homeless Teach-In for Healthcare Workers in Pediatrics

At this pediatrics-focused teach-in event, a panel of individuals with lived experience of homelessness discussed how homelessness has affected their children’s health and their experiences with the healthcare system.

Speakers: Kadisha Davis, Mary Johnson, Darrell Morrison, and Sara Rodriguez; moderated by Joanne M. Agnant, MD, pediatric emergency physician at NYU Langone and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

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Flipping the Script: A Homeless Teach-In for Healthcare Workers

As part of #JulyHomelessRights month, this Teach-In featured a panel of advocates who have experienced homelessness. During the event, panelists shared their experiences with the healthcare system while homeless and the impacts of homelessness on their health. They gave recommendations for how medical students, physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals could provide better care for patients experiencing homelessness.

Speakers: Shams DaBaron, Shamaya Morris, Charmel Lucas, and Sarah Wilson.

View the event. You can also access the infographic summary.