Massachusetts Medical Society: Hunger and Housing: Lessons from COVID-19

Hunger and Housing: Lessons from COVID-19

Hunger and Housing: Lessons from COVID-19

Course Overview
COVID-19 has exacerbated the effects of the social determinants of health especially around housing and hunger. Food insecurity and the ability to afford safe and stable housing leads to physical and mental health consequences that are disproportionally felt by marginalized populations. This webinar (recorded on September 23, 2020) examines the physical and mental health impact of housing and food insecurity, and its effects during COVID-19.

Kathryn Brodowski, MD, MPH, Preventive Medicine physician;  Chair, MMS Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity

Dr. Brodowski a Preventive Medicine physician who specializes in nutrition and food insecurity. She was the first physician in the nation to work for a Food Bank and launched the Public Health Initiative at The Greater Boston Food Bank. Dr. Brodowski translated research being done across the country into evidence-based programs to provide healthy food for those in need. She deployed free produce mobile markets at 8 community health centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts for low income patients and worked with medical centers to integrate food insecurity screening and referral. She also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass. She created a food insecurity clerkship as well as an online nutrition video series to teach students practical ways to incorporate nutrition into the treatment plans of patients. She serves as the Chair for the Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity at MMS and represents MMS as the Co-Chair of the Nutrition Education and Referral Task Force for Food is Medicine Massachusetts.

Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, Associate Director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center; Principal Investigator with Children’s Health Watch; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Sandel is Co-Director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center, Co-Lead Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.  She is the former pediatric medical director of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, and is a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health. In 1998, she published with other doctors at Boston Medical Center, the DOC4Kids report, a national report on how housing affected child health, the first of its kind, and over the course of her career, Dr. Sandel has written numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles on this subject. In 2001, she became the first medical director of the founding site for medical-legal partnerships, Medical-Legal Partnership-Boston, and from 2007-2016 she served as the Medical Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.  She served as Principal Investigator for numerous NIH, HUD and foundation grants, working with the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to improve the health of vulnerable children, particularly with asthma. She has served on national boards, including Enterprise Community Partners, and national advisory committees at American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.

Intended Audience
Physicians, healthcare professionals and others interested in the issues of hunger and housing.


  • Examine the physical and mental health impact of housing and food insecurity
  • Describe the disproportionate effects of housing and food insecurity during COVID-19 on marginalized populations
  • Identify the systemic approaches needed to address food and housing insecurity 

Course Fees
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Physician Member: Free
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: Free
Non-Members Resident/Student: Free
Allied Health Professional/Other: Free

Format & Estimated Time to Complete: Video/1 hour

Accreditation and Credit Information
Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.


MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, this activity has met the requirements as a MOC Part II CME Activity(apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards: 

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery


Exam/Assessment: A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term
Original Release Date: October 5, 2020
Review Date (s): N/A
Termination Date: October 5, 2023

Course Developers, Reviewers & Web Producer:
Danna G. Muir, Director, Accreditation & Recognition, NEJM Group Education 
Jane E. Gagne, Manager, Accreditation and Education Compliance, NEJM Group Education
Vanessa P. Kenealy , JD, Public Health & Preparedness Programs Specialist, Massachusetts Medical Society
Thelma Tatten, Web Content Production Specialist, NEJM Group Education 

System Requirements

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:  
IE 11+
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome latest version
Safari 12+

iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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