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Virtual Fall Luncheon

Rx Housing:
The Intersection of Health and Housing

HOW's Fall Luncheon, Rx Housing: the Intersection of Health and Housing, concluded the year's Speaker Series. Attendees heard from a diverse panel of experts from a variety of fields in conversation about the complex relationship between a person's housing status and their health. 


  • Welcome 

  • Ella's Story

  • Health & Housing Panel Discussion

  • Q&A

  • Ella's Story

  • Thank You


Housing is one of the strongest social determinants of health. There are decades of research linking a person's living situation to their wellbeing. Studies show that across all ages, genders, and health statuses, stable homes translate into people living happier healthier lives. The relationship between health and housing is robust and has brought disparate industries to the table to find solutions to the nation's affordable and supportive housing shortage. As a provider of both of these types of housing, in addition to homelessness prevention and support services, HOW is an integral part of the solution within Chicagoland. 


People spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, with most of that time likely being in their home. This emphasizes the potential impact housing can have on a person’s health.


Young children who live in unstable housing are 20% more likely to be hospitalized than those who do not worry about frequent moves or have anxiety about rent.

Meet Our Panelists


Moderated by:


Host and Reporter at WBEZ

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Director of Housing, Cook County Health

Christine Haley is the Director of Housing for Cook County Health (CCH). She leads CCH initiatives to provide housing and clinical care for patients experiencing homelessness and housing instability.  Before joining CCH, Ms. Haley served as the Founding Executive Director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center, a torture treatment center for domestic survivors of police violence. 


She worked as an administrator in the housing sector with CSH, Housing Opportunities for Women and Heartland Alliance and previously in health equity positions within the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Ms. Haley earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.



Chief Clinical Officer, Oak Street Health

Dr. Buchanan is an accomplished clinician and leader, with an impressive track record of success scaling organizations and championing strategic initiatives. He is the Chief Clinical Officer at Oak Street Health, a practicing General Internist, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University where his research focuses on the health and economic impact of housing homeless individuals, and on quality improvement in the primary care setting.

Prior to his time at Oak Street Health, Dr. Buchanan served as Chief Clinical Officer of Erie Family Health Center where he doubled the size of the practice and designed an innovative care model. He also held multiple positions at the Cook County Health and Hospital System, including Head of the Section of Social Medicine and Director of Medical Student Programs at Cook County Hospital. He was a principle researcher in the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership which over a decade ago found supportive housing to be an effective healthcare strategy for vulnerable chronic homeless populations.



Program Director, University of Chicago Urban Labs

Emily Metz oversees the housing programs in both the Health Lab and the Inclusive Economy Lab at University of Chicago's Urban Labs. She works in deep partnership with local agencies and non-profits, leading a portfolio of research and analytic projects focused on expanding the evidence base of how to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago. These projects seek to help improve services and outcomes for Chicagoans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in all areas of life, including education, employment, and health.
Before joining the University of Chicago, Ms. Metz worked for the Chicago Public Schools managing the process of opening new schools, as a research and policy analyst at the American Institutes for Research, and as a fellow in the Chicago Mayor’s Office. She holds a BA in English literature from Northwestern University and an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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Denis and Martha Pierce

Bob and Bobbie Taylor


Brad and Kate Denny

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and Linda


Attendees will have the opportunity to ask panelists questions during a Q&A after the panel concludes.

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