Improving Child Health through Data-Driven Policy and Planning in Housing and Community Development

Megan Sandel is an associate professor of Pediatrics at Boston Medical School whose expertise and research interests lie at the intersection of housing, health, and child development for low-income youth. She is also known for her leadership in medical-legal partnerships that advocate for improved social conditions to promote health and well-being. For her Fellowship, Sandel will be immersed in efforts of Imagine Boston 2030, an initiative to develop the built environment of Boston to better serve all of its residents. She will also spend time with two partner sites to gain insights into the mechanics of the redevelopment efforts. Sandel’s fellowship will focus on gaining a stronger understanding of the urban planning process and how research and data are used by decision makers in their planning efforts regarding low-income youth. She will also participate in developers’ efforts to integrate research with testimony provided by community members and evidence from other key stakeholders. Ultimately she hopes her fellowship experience will advance her thinking about the role hospitals can play as anchor institutions in communities and how to better bridge her research and that of others with the needs of other youth-serving institutions in the community.

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