Housing as a Human Right: Next Steps to Health Equity


Mon, September 26, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

Although housing is a human right, we are far from everyone having access to safe and adequate housing. Large inequities in housing affordability and quality persist in the U.S. and policies continue to perpetuate those injustices. Cross-sector efforts are needed to ensure fair housing for all. In this webinar, we will learn from cross-sector leaders about efforts at the community-, state-, and national-level to address housing equity.

About the Speakers:

Thomas LaVeist (Host/Moderator) is Dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity. Dr. LaVeist’s research and writing has focused on three broad thematic research questions: 1) What are the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes (e.g. access and utilization of health services, mortality, entrance into nursing home?); 2) What are the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes?; and 3) What has been the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans? His work includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes. Specific areas of expertise include: U.S. health and social policy, the role of race in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services.

Ana Rausch has more than 22 years of experience in project management and system change implementation. Ana currently serves as Vice President of Program Operations for the Coalition for the Homeless, the lead agency for the TX-700 Continuum of Care (aka The Way Home). In this role, she leads the agency’s HMIS & Program Ops Teams and has led in the development and operations management of The Way Home’s Coordinated Access system. In addition, Ana has spearheaded the revised and improved methodology used during the CoC’s Homeless Count. Ana is originally from Brazil and lives in the northwest Houston area. She has presented at conferences at both state and national levels and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology.

Sydney Shivers serves as Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office of Community Assets and Investment (OCAI). Following several years coordinating affordable housing initiatives in the nonprofit sector and serving as a Planner with the New Orleans Planning Commission, Sydney now leads cross departmental and cross agency projects aimed at creating equitable, inclusive, amenity rich neighborhoods. She has led successful zoning-reform initiatives to increase the diversity of housing opportunities developed city-wide, and she supported the launch of the Redevelopment Framework, a tool for driving public benefits by leveraging underutilized City-owned properties. Sydney earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and she is a candidate for a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Y. Frank Southall is the Organizing and Community Engagement Manager at the Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative (JPNSI) in New Orleans, LA. At JPNSI, he coordinates campaign, organizing, communications, and community engagement strategies for the organization. He has over twenty years of organizing in the labor, environmental, student organizing, racial justice, and housing justice movements.

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