The impact of gentrification on health is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 29


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

The impact of gentrification on health is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 29

HOUSTON – (Sept. 28, 2017) – Four leading national experts will take part in a panel exploring the impact of gentrification on health at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 29.

Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Who: Panelists Vickie Boothe, senior evaluator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Lance Freeman, editor, City and Community, and professor, Urban Planning Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; Ruby Mendenhall, associate professor of sociology, African-American studies, regional and national urban planning, gender and women’s studies, and social work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Tram Nguyen, local policy coordinator, Place Matters, Alameda County Public Health Department, California.

Quianta Moore, the Baker Institute’s fellow in child health policy, will serve as moderator.

What: An event titled “Exploring the Impact of Gentrification on Health.”

When: Friday, Sept. 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (Breakfast will be served at 8.)

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

As urban neighborhoods in Houston and beyond undergo rapid change, gentrification and its impact on residents have become hot-button issues, according to event organizers. Public health researchers grapple with how to define gentrification and how to examine its impact on health apart from the effects of increased neighborhood investments. Meanwhile, policymakers and advocates struggle to protect residents’ well-being while still allowing their neighborhoods to grow and flourish, organizers said.

The public must RSVP for the event at A live webcast will be available at the event page.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.