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Housing and health: Finding stories and getting the reporting right

Megan Sandel, M.D., M.P.H., an expert on the impact of housing on child health, says journalists would do well to broaden the conversation about health care to include questions about social support – especially support for safe, affordable and stable housing. This tip sheet includes key stories to pursue and critical insights on the housing-as-health-care trend.

Sandel, an associate professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health and former pediatric medical director of Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless program, offers suggestions on questions reporters should ask and encourages more exploration of the relationship between housing and health.

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