Partnership in Health and Housing

The mission of the Partnership in Health and Housing (PHH) is to promote the health and well-being of BHA residents through community collaboration, with the long-term goal of decreasing documented health disparities between public housing residents and other residents in Boston.  The program is a collaboration among: Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and the PHH Community Committee (public housing residents and community advocates).

PHH helps public housing residents become engaged in community-based participatory research (CBPR), education and training, and service activities.

  • Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR): The PHH has helped BHA residents manage their health and well-being with successful  programs in cardiovascular health, patient navigation, hoarding behavior, smoking cessation, oral health, and physical activity.  For BUSPH researchers, the PHH can provide access to hard to reach populations and an active community committee.
  • Education and Training: The PHH identifies and educates future leaders among BUSPH students and BHA residents.  Qualified students can screen residents for chronic disease, collect data for research projects, and manage pilot programs.  Residents are trained as community health workers and advocates, and many have gone on to work on BUSPH research projects or at community health centers and advocacy organizations.
  • Service: The PHH coordinates services for BHA residents.  These include a fitness facility with health and nutrition programming at the Blackstone Community Center in the South End, and an oral health program that provides free screening, treatment, and case management to eligible BHA seniors thanks to a grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation.

The PHH regularly publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals, translating the findings into reader-friendly flyers distributed to the general public by the Community Committee.

 For more information, please contact Kathleen MacVarish, (617) 638-5032.

Partnership in Health and Housing
Boston University School of Public Health
715 Albany St, Talbot Building
Boston, MA  02118