Video: Building Healthy Indoor Environments with Healthcare

PHI’s Regional Asthma Management Prevention’s (RAMP) Associate Director Joel Ervice interviews Kate Hastings with the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) about how the healthcare sector can support healthy indoor environments.

The healthcare sector can play a critical role in improving the indoor environment for people with poorly controlled asthma. Policy wins in California and elsewhere underscore this important relationship. How can we build on initial advances across the country? How can we more effectively leverage partnerships and resources between healthcare and asthma and healthy housing stakeholders to help people most in need?

In this interview, Joel Ervice with PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program and Kate Hastings with the National Center for Healthy Housing take a deep dive into health care policy focused on built environments as good health investments.

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Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing part of our U.S. economy, but it’s not providing a return on investment to our society. We spend more money on healthcare than any other developed country, yet we don't get better outcomes. The cost of healthcare in the United States is just growing. Chronic disease disparities are the largest part of our growing healthcare costs.

Clinical healthcare knows that a lot of those chronic disease disparities originate and are made worse outside of the clinic… Healthcare partnerships around home environments are just a national imperative.
Kate Hastings

Senior Technical Advisor, National Center for Healthy Housing Expert, Environmental Health Policy Facilitator, U.S. EPA Asthma Community of Practice

PHI’s Regional Asthma Management & Prevention’s (RAMP) mission is to reduce the burden of asthma with a focus on health equity. Emphasizing both prevention and management, RAMP builds capacity, creates linkages, and mobilizes networks to advocate for policy and systems changes targeting the root causes of asthma disparities.

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