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Housing and Health: A Conversaion with Dr. Megan Sandel of Boston Medical Center

Aired on Monday, January 8th.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, a detailed discussion of how being "housing insecure" can seriously and negatively affect an individual's -- or a community's -- health and well-being. Our guest is Dr. Megan Sandel of Boston Medical Center, who is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She's given many lectures over the years with titles like "Housing and Health" and "The Housing Vaccine: Why Stable Decent Affordable Homes Keep Communities Healthy" -- and her 1999 book, "There's No Place Like Home," documents how asthma, lead, injuries, homelessness, food insecurity, chronic disease, and educational attainment can all be affected by one's housing situation. As a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health in particular, Dr. Sandel tells us about how housing influences health outcomes in myriad ways, and at all levels of society.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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