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Impact of public housing assistance on modifiable cancer risk factors in adults

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Natalie Colabianchi, Jeffrey A. Smith

Despite improvements in cancer mortality in the past two decades, significant disparities persist among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic status (SES) subpopulations. Housing has been identified as an important social determinant for health disparities in general and cancer-related disparities specifically. Public housing (PH) assistance aims to improve housing affordability and quality for the lowest-SES households. Thus, PH represents an intervention to improve housing as a social determinant of health. However, few studies have examined the effects of living in PH on health-related outcomes. Additionally, several researchers have proposed pathways through which PH influences health but have not tested them empirically. The proposed study will use data collected from 1999-2013 in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to estimate the effect of living in PH on four leading modifiable risk factors for cancer (smoking, alcohol use, physical inactivity, and overweight/obesity) in adults

Funding Period: 04/11/2014 to 03/31/2016

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