August 5, 2019

The Intersection of Housing, Health and Inequity at the Colorado Health Symposium

Brian Rahmer of Enterprise at the Colorado Health Symposium

This year, the Colorado Health Symposium hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation focused on the inextricable link between housing and health and explored opportunities to address the inequities exacerbated by an unfair and unjust housing system.

Beyond the basic need of having a viable roof over our heads, where you live directly impacts your health. Unhealthy housing has been linked to a higher prevalence of chronic disease among other markers of poor health, including an increased rate of obesity, postponing necessary medical care and increased behavioral and emotional challenges for youth.

At this year’s Symposium, local and national experts gathered to discuss the systemic inequities that make a healthy home unattainable for many Coloradans. Brian Rahmer, Enterprise’s national vice president of health and housing, welcomed the full audience and invited attendees to lead with vision to tackle complex systems so that everyone can have a healthy place to call home.

Senior Program Director Katie Mckenna held productive exchange sessions on Denver’s successful Social Impact Bond initiative to house Denver’s most chronically homeless individuals and raised awareness of the historical and systemic inequities that disproportionately impact communities of color today. Conference attendees learned about the history of redlining at Undesign the Redline, sponsored by Enterprise and Wells Fargo and hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation.

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