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Housing Stability and Health In San Mateo County
By Dr. Scott Morrow, Race, Poverty and the Environment Journal


The San Mateo County Health System helps county residents and workers live longer and better lives.  We do this by providing excellent healthcare services; but also work to reduce people’s need for these services by creating healthy places with safe housing, sidewalks, good transit, nutritious food, open space, and a vibrant economy. When we succeed in creating healthy places, however, housing costs tend to increase—sometimes pushing out the very people whose health we are trying to improve. Housing stability is therefore a fundamental element of the Health System’s commitment to healthy places. This article explores this issue and its effects on health, highlights the need for action, and suggests a framework for moving forward…

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