Smoke-free Housing and the Role of the Real Estate Industry in Advancing Population Health

News & Events | November 2nd 2015

Despite growing support locally and nationally for more comprehensive smoke-free housing policies, there are many challenges to implementation in both existing and new developments.

On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, the NYU Furman Center and the NYU School of Medicine Department of Population Health organized a breakfast discussion on how developers, property managers, residents, and policymakers are taking steps to ensure that New Yorkers are not exposed to smoke in their homes. The discussion explored two areas: the public health benefits for affordable housing residents and the challenges of implementation for landlords and tenants.

Panelists included:

  • Jeffrey I. Brodsky, Vice Chairman, Related Companies
  • Martin Dunn, President, Dunn Development Corporation
  • Daniel Goldbard, Operations Manage, K & R Realty Management
  • Baaba Halm, Assistant Commissioner of Governmental Relations and Regulatory Compliance at New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Josephine Perrella, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Phipps Houses Services Inc.
  • Thomas Yu, Strategic Development Officer, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

The moderator for this panel was Donna Shelley, MD, MPH, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Population Health, Associate Professor of Population Health and Medicine and Co-Chair Section on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use, New York University School of Medicine. 

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