Fall Luncheon

Rx Housing:
The Intersection of Health and Housing

HOW's Fall Luncheon, Rx Housing: the Intersection of Health and Housing, will conclude the year's Speaker Series. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear 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. 


Rx Housing: the Intersection of Health and Housing, is agency's first in-person gathering in almost two years and will include a seated lunch. Due to this fact, we ask that only those who are vaccinated attend the event. 


  • Welcome from HOW

  • Intro to Health and Housing

  • Panel Discussion

  • Q&A

  • Thank You


  • Date and Time: Thursday, September 30th, Noon - 1PM

  • Location: The Ivy Room at 12 E Ohio St. Chicago, IL 60611

  • Ticket Price: $75.00 per ticket

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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:


News Producer 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 at Oak Street Health

Dr. Buchanan is an accomplished clinician and leader, with an impressive track record of success for scaling organizations and championing strategic initiatives. Most recently he served as Chief Clinical Officer of Erie Family Health Center. In that role, he more than doubled the size of the practice, recruited and led more than 200 medical, behavioral health, and oral health providers, and designed an innovative care model including care management and the population health program. He chaired multiple boards and Clinical Committees, including for a Coordinated Care Entity, an Accountable Care Organization and a Health Center Controlled Network focused on Health IT.

Prior to his time at Erie, Dr. Buchanan 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.

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