New Research Links Negative Public Health Factors to Foreclosures
The rise in foreclosures in Alameda County is having a negative effect on public health, according to a preliminary report the Alameda County Public Health Department and the advocacy group Just Cause Oakland released Tuesday, the Oakland Tribune reports.
The report states, "Stress due to housing instability is associated with a greater likelihood of developing hypertension, lower levels of psychological well-being and increased visits to the emergency room."In addition, Sandra Witt -- deputy director of planning, policy and health equity for the county public health department -- said people who have experienced foreclosures also have fewer resources available for food and other things that affect health (Metinko, Oakland Tribune, 4/21). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.