Housing as Health Care Initiative

Where you live has an impact on your health.

It has been widely established that housing is a key social determinant of health, and that unstable and substandard housing can lead to negative health outcomes. The UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate's "Housing as Health Care Initiative" seeks to raise awareness about issues related to the intersection between housing and health care sectors. From housing affordability and food insecurity to community-based health and neighborhood economic stability, this initiative takes a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach by partnering with other UCLA schools and groups, along with external organizations, to connect academicians, industry and community leaders, policymakers, and students with the goal of promoting greater understanding of these challenging issues.

Initiative Details

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The Ziman Center's Housing as Health Care Initiative will invite practitioners, policymakers, and scholars to UCLA for lectures that enlighten and engage students on the concepts and issues related to housing, health and the built environment.

Conferences and Symposia

The Initiative will support an annual conference or symposium focused on housing and built environment-related issues such as housing affordability, food insecurity, community-based health outcomes and neighborhood economic stability.


Each year, an exclusive group of students are chosen to serve one-year terms as Distinguished Fellows via the Howard and Irene Levine Distinguished Fellows Program. The Levine Fellows Program augments the training of the most gifted and ambitious students pursuing real estate education in the areas of housing affordability, related policy and sustainability at UCLA Anderson, UCLA Law, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Fellows are selected for their passion for real estate and social responsibility, academic accomplishments, leadership, and service to UCLA's real estate program. Levine Fellow candidates possess an active interest in low-income and/or workforce housing affordability, related policy, housing and health, sustainability and redevelopment.

Research Support

The UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate annually awards research stipends to UCLA faculty, postdoctoral and visiting scholars to undertake innovative research in the field of real estate finance and economics, urban and regional economics, public policy, urban planning, housing and health, and property law. Academic research papers funded by the Ziman Center's Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility and UCLA Gilbert Program in Real Estate, Finance and Urban Economics are disseminated via the UCLA Ziman Center Working Paper Series.

In addition, the Ziman Center disseminates a monthly UCLA Economic Letter sponsored by the UCLA Gilbert Program. The Economic Letter draws upon original research, policy analyses and forecasts produced by UCLA academics and rewritten into a digestible format.

Date Title Authors
TBA 2018 Epidemiologic Study of Housing Location and PM2.5 and NO2 Level Exposure and Childhood Leukemia and CNS Cancers Andrew Nguyen, MPH, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
November 16, 2017 Unhealthy Priorities: Reallocating Medical Expenditures to Social Programs Can Improve Public Health and the Economy Linda Diem Tran, Frederick J. Zimmerman, and Jonathan E. Fielding

Join Us


Upcoming Events

Housing and Health Lecture Series

In partnership with UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge @ UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research @ UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. 

Details to follow.

Past Events

"Designing Healthy Communities Symposium"
In partnership with the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate.  This symposium convened the authors of the groundbreaking book, "Urban Sprawl and Public Health," among many other experts, to explore the past, present and future of the field of built environment and health, and examine the changing landscape of the built environment's effects on individual to community health by presenting scientific, community, policy and practice perspectives under the themes of housing, justice, transport, and open space.  Click here to view presentations from the symposium. 

Investing in Communities: How Profit is Possible in the Affordable Housing Space
@ UCLA Anderson's Impact Week 2018
In partnership with Impact@Anderson, the Ziman Center presented a panel discussion focused on Affordable Housing and Investing in Communities, featuring speakers from the investor, banking, and developer arenas. Panelists shared their perspectives and experiences with the social impact return on housing investments and the integration of health-related parameters to these investments. 

AY15/16: "Housing as Healthcare Forum"
Following on the success of the inaugural forum on affordable senior housing and long-term care delivery, the Ziman Center's Levine Program and Mercy Housing California jointly presented a critical follow-up forum with leading senior housing and healthcare experts to examine how our current health and housing systems are stopping or limiting solutions to the complicated problems of caring for seniors.

AY14/15: "Preparing for the Senior Tsunami: The Future of Affordable Housing & Long-Term Care"
The UCLA Ziman Center's Levine Program and Mercy Housing California jointly presented a special and timely forum with leading senior housing and healthcare experts to discuss innovative approaches to addressing California's rapidly growing aging population.

For more information, please contact:

Christina Green, MBA, MPH
Assistant Director of Budget and Finance
UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
christina.green@anderson.ucla.edu | (310) 825-3322