The critical relationship between health and housing
Housing security and health are intricately connected.
On March 1, Catholic Charities virtually gathered community members for the 2022 Social Justice Assembly—an annual education event for the community to come together to discuss critical social issues and how we can make a difference. This year Dr. Danielle Robertshaw led the discussion on the connections between health and housing, joined by experts in public health, local government, and housing stabilization.
You can watch the full event recording below, or listen to the audio of the Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A on Voice: A Catholic Charities Podcast.
2022 Social Justice Assembly Keynote/Moderator
Danielle Robertshaw, M.D.
Dr. Danielle Robertshaw is the Senior Medical Director of Population Health at Hennepin Healthcare. She supports the development of Population Health strategy and capabilities, as well as operations of services that focus on at-risk populations across the care continuum through her leadership role in Community Connections Care Ring and Hennepin County Public Health Clinical Services (including Health Care for the Homeless). Before joining Hennepin Healthcare in 2012, she held leadership roles and provided primary care in a large Federally Qualified Health Center and Health Care for the Homeless in the Mid-Atlantic. Her clinical practices focus on primary care for adults experiencing homelessness with complex medical and behavioral health needs. She enjoys teaching pre-health students and health sector learners.
Brian is the owner of Person Centered Housing Consultants (PCHC), a housing stabilization agency dedicated to providing culturally competent services to help those in need connect to housing stability. He has been serving unhoused or displaced individuals for nearly 20 years, including experience in emergency shelter services, housing navigation and support services, rapid rehousing, outreach, and coordinated entry assessments. Prior to founding PCHC, Brian worked as a program manager at Catholic Charities and has worked with partners including Ramsey County, the City of St. Paul, Simpson Housing Services, Hennepin County Shelter Efficiency, and Coordinated Entry of St. Paul.
Dave Lee, MA, LP, LMFT, LICSW
Dave is the Director for Carlton County Public Health & Human Services. He is also the current Chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health, initially appointed by Governor Dayton in 2015 and reappointed by Governor Walz in 2019. Dave recently led the Advisory Council in organizing and sponsoring the annual Mental Health Awareness at the MN State Fair, and represents counties on the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Task Force. Areas of interest include integration of behavioral health services within primary care/medical settings, coordinated suicide prevention services and telepresence.
Diane is the System Executive Director of Community Health Equity and Engagement at M Health Fairview. She previously served as system director of Neighborhood Integration and Community Engagement at HealthEast. Prior to that, Diane provided strategic community engagement consulting services as a senior project manager at Grassroots Solutions. Her previous work experience includes directing Minnesota field activities for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ program to advance federal clean energy policies and coordinating a local public health advocacy campaign to pass the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, a statewide smoke-free workplace policy protecting Minnesotans from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Twin Cities Business Magazine named her one of “100 Minnesotans to Know in 2015.” Diane is also the founder of Minnesota Rising, a statewide network of emerging leaders working to build relationships, trust and a shared vision for the state, and developing the collective capacity of the rising generation to impact Minnesota’s future.