The built environment, or the human-made surroundings in which people live, work, and recreate, has direct and indirect effects on physical and poor mental health. Poor housing conditions - exposure to toxins, insufficient daylight, inadequate ventilation and insulation, isolation or crowding - are associated with respiratory infections, lead poisoning, and mental health. Quality affordable housing is also becoming scarce - lessees may not know their rights and fall victim to property owner violations.
For Buffalo's New Americans, poor housing conditions worsen physical and mental health and wellbeing. New Americans seek more adequate training on their rights and opportunities. Current and future health care providers seek to understand the link between their home environment and health. Researchers seek to uncover deep connections between the built environment and health.
The 6th Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit will take place on Saturday, April 13th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (955 Main St, Room 1220). It is is an opportunity for New Americans, health care providers, and researchers to convene, and collaboratively explore ways in which housing can be a lever for improving health in Buffalo, NY. The 2019 Summit will:
For further questions contact Jessica Scates at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an interest in setting up a table at this year's event, please contact Ariana Martinez at email@example.com.
Schedule of Events
9:00am: Check In
9:30am: Welcome and Announcements
10:00am: Keynote Address
10:45am: Panel, Buffalo's Housing Crisis
11:30am: The Links Between Housing and Wellbeing
Community Response: Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Executive Director, Partnership for the Public Good
1:00pm: Panel, Innovative Mental Health Care Practices
1:45pm: Panel, Intergenerational Perspectives on Mental Health
2:30pm: Activity, Responding to Our Community's Needs