EXCERPT: “Where you live is a significant predictor of health, and unstable housing is associated with a range of health complications, including asthma, depression, and exposure to lead and other toxic elements. Not only is unstable housing deepening these health disparities among vulnerable communities, it is draining dollars from the U.S. health care system. Five percent of hospital users are responsible for half of health care costs in the U.S., and most of these patients live below the poverty line and are housing insecure. By investing in housing, hospitals can help build healthier communities and save money by stemming the tide of emergency room visits and costly health interventions, argues Dr. Megan Sandel, a Boston Medical Center (BMC) pediatrician and principal investigator at Children’s Health Watch, in JAMA Viewpoint.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2iSiwgT