Sunset from Terrace Hill
Sunset from Terrace Hill. Photo by Jonathan Shapiro.

Health and Housing: Building the Connection

Author: Public Health Department
Date: 8/13/2018 2:21 PM

Housing can have a profound impact on health—positive or negative. How can our community make the most of this connection to foster well-being for residents?

HEAL SLO Healthy Communities, a work group convened by the Public Health Department, is hosting a half-day summit with state and local innovators in health and housing. Planners, builders, developers, architects, community leaders, advocates and others are invited to join the summit to gain new knowledge and practical tips. 

After the keynote and panel discussion, participants will have an opportunity to network with speakers and other attendees interested in building a healthy community.

When: Thursday, October 4 , 1-6 p.m. 
Where: Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo

Registration is free and the summit is open to the public.

Keep reading for a full agenda. To register, visit

Keynote Address

Under One Roof: How Comprehensive Healthy Housing Strategies Improve Health Outcomes    
Allison Allbee, Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions

Allison is a program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she co-leads projects focused on expanding access to safe, stable, affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods. These projects aim to address the harms of discrimination and build the capacity of local governments, institutions, advocates, and residents to create healthy and equitable communities. Allison has co-led ChangeLab’s work developing the BLOCK Project, which focuses on improving health outcomes through housing and community development strategies. Allison graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in community studies and received concurrent master’s degrees in architecture and city planning from UC Berkeley. She is a Fulcrum Fellow with the Center for Community Investment.


Registration—Check In

Stephanie Teaford, Chair, Healthy Communities Work Group

Mary Jean Sage, Chair, County of San Luis Obispo Health Commission

Under One Roof: How Comprehensive Healthy Housing Strategies Improve Health Outcomes
Allison Allbee, Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions

Panel Discussion: What is Happening Locally to Connect Health and Housing?
Moderated by Kathleen Karle, Division Manager for Health Promotion, County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department

How a Local City Makes It All Work
Michael Codron, Community Development Director, City of San Luis Obispo

Workforce Housing in San Luis Obispo
John Fowler, CEO/President, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing

View from Private Developers
Andrew Hackleman, Executive Director, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast

Neighborhood Revitalization in Paso Robles
Julia Ogden, CEO, Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County

Housing Choice Vouchers and More
Scott Smith, Executive Director, Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo

Regional Housing Needs Allocation
James Worthley, Regional Planning Division Chief, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments

Creative Alternatives to Traditional Housing Models
Anne Wyatt, Executive Director, HomeShareSLO

Closing Comments
Dr. Penny Borenstein, Health Officer / Public Health Administrator, County of San Luis Obispo

Connect with speakers and attendees, learn about local support ... and enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers! 

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With generous sponsorship from



With special thanks to our in-kind donors:


Questions? Call 805-781-1560. Register at