Seed Grant Awards, 2018-2019

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Seed Grant Award Recipients! Scroll down to see project abstracts.

Communities of Opportunity: Piloting Methods for an Ecological Assessment of Housing-based Health Interventions in Affordable Housing Settings

Diana Hernandez (Sociomedical Sciences)
Virginia Rauh (Population and Family Health)
Charles Branas (Epidemiology)

The notion that housing-based interventions can significantly improve health and well-being for residents of affordable housing is reasonable, yet we are lacking the evidence base from a rigorous analysis of this question. The Communities of Opportunity model seeks to leverage housing as a pathway to comprehensive resident health and well-being, using a resident-centered participatory framework. The proposed planning grant seeks to address this critical gap between practice, research and housing policies by developing and field testing a set of methods to be used in a formal study of the impact of housing-based health interventions. The primary goal of the proposed planning project is to develop the methods and study protocols necessary to evaluate the impact and cost-effectiveness of housing-based health interventions in affordable housing settings—an essential planning step for a larger-scale study. Support from the CPRC seed grant mechanism is essential to: 1) Conduct a Knowledge Landscape based on a systematic literature review of housing-based interventions spanning academic publications, field reports, and practitioner-based knowledge. To further support this aim, we will conduct 1-2 case studies of model sites within the Jonathan Rose Companies portfolio that will provide practice-based evidence for successful housing-based health interventions; 2) Develop, refine and pilot methodological protocols for the future study, Health Effects of Housing-based Interventions: An Ecological Study. This will include selective pilot-testing for the purpose of identifying strategies to encourage meaningful resident engagement (using an adapted co-production process), and choosing the most appropriate multi-level measures of resident, building and community health. This pilot phase will thus lay the foundation for a larger study to establish the evidence base for the Communities of Opportunity model, which, if successful, will inform changes in policies, standards and funding priorities that will ultimately lead to wider implementation and greater scale.