Dr. Atticus Jaramillo creates a national dataset to explore health and wellness outcomes of low-income families living in affordable housing
A new dataset that Dr. Jaramillo helped create provides an opportunity to explore the health and wellness outcomes of low-income families living in affordable housing – a topic that has been difficult to research historically due to the lack of appropriate data. The new dataset combines administrative data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with survey data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), allowing researchers to access blood sample and health screening results and see how participants view their own health. In total, the dataset includes 1,159 adults and children who participated in the Add Health study and received HUD assistance, such as public housing assistance, between 1995 and 2018. The data linkage was completed by Add Health team at the Carolina Population center. Dr. Jaramillo provided research and technical assistance for this project, which was overseen by co-principal investigators Dr. Michael Webb and Dr. Jon Hussey. This project was generously supported by the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research. More information about the dataset can be found in a publicly available research note published in the journal Cityscape.