Health Equity & Social Justice Forum

Housing Instability: A Significant Social Determinate of Health

Join us for a discussion on how to improve understanding of living with the risk of becoming homeless, access to affordable and safe housing, relevant support system, and the social justice framework of the affordable housing crisis.

Save the Date!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 • 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Saint Mary's University - Twin Cities Campus
University Center
2540 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, Minn.

This even is free and open to the public. Registration coming soon!

The negative health trajectory of living with housing instability is well known. Its damaging effects manifest through the physical and mental wellbeing of highly vulnerable populations. Impacted community members come from all ages and live on the edge as a result of severe and rapidly forming economic hardship. The dynamism of housing instability is fueled by the social determinant of health – the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Considering housing to be a basic fundamental need, insecurities associated with housing instability quickly become a significant social determinant of health. Challenging social and economic conditions tied to housing drive poor health outcomes and are recognized as contributing factors to health inequities.

This health equity summit presents an opportunity to inform and positively impact health outcomes and influence our roles as leaders, practitioners, and educators in an attempt to disrupt the cyclic and detrimental effects of living with housing instability.

Keynote Speaker:

Edward P. Ehlinger, M.D., MSPH

Housing and Health Equity: Creating the conditions in which everyone can be healthy and thrive 

Dr. Edward Ehlinger is a public health metaphysician who has spent his professional career working in various settings to advance health equity and optimal health for all. He has Integrated the values, practices, and approaches of medical care, public health, community building, and social justice in his work as a senior assistant surgeon with the National Health Service Corps, director of maternal and child health at the Minneapolis Health Department, director and chief health officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, and commissioner of health at the Minnesota Department of Health.


  • 5 - 5:30 p.m. – Social Hour and Light Food
  • 5:50 - 6:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ed Ehlinger
  • 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. – Break
  • 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. – Panelists will have 10 minutes each
  • 7:30 p.m. – Semi Close out - Call to Action
    Optional discussion following

Learning Outcomes

  • Define social determinants of health and the importance of understanding how they impact our communities across the globe.
  • Explore housing instability as a social determinant of health.
  • Examine best practices for serving those living with housing instability.
  • Promote collaborative connections among attendees.
  • Examine the intersection of age, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, and economic status as these relate to housing instability.
  • Identify solutions to promote long-term stability for those who live in a state of housing instability.
  • Internalize the ethical principles and complexities of health inequalities in the affordable housing conversation.