How are community-level evictions impacting birth outcomes?

The dramatic increase in evictions and threat of evictions during the COVID pandemic warrants further study of their community-level impact on important health outcomes. Previous work by Khadka et al. found increased levels of eviction case filings during pregnancy to be associated with increased risk of preterm birth and low birthweight. There is further evidence that BIPOC communities experience higher rates of evictions and associated ramifications of eviction and housing precarity. Using data from the Evictions Lab and the NCHS, a team of researchers from the Policy Core is examining the impacts of community-level evictions filing on birth outcomes.  We believe that community-level measures of evictions should be explored in the context of other community forces, such as segregation/racism and rent burden.

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Watch our June 2021 Collaboratory, Preventing Evictions and Implicit Bias Training: Policy Action to Improve Black Maternal Health in California

Download the one-pager and read our full report on the impact of evictions on preterm births and family health outcomes