Craig Pollack, MD, MHS, conducts research at the intersection of housing and health to inform policies that help individuals and families live in safe and affordable homes.
housing and health; social determinants of health; cancer health services
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Francisco
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Pollack is an the Katey Ayers Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Nursing. He is a practicing internal medicine physician whose research focuses on two main areas. The first investigates social determinants of health, with an emphasis on housing policies. In work funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Institutes of Health, he is examining the health effects of housing mobility programs that enable families to move from areas of concentrated poverty. Additional research investigates the impact of mixed-income communities, housing affordability, and place-based initiatives on health care use, spending, and outcomes. The second theme focuses on cancer prevention and control, including issues related to health disparities and the role of provider and patient social networks across the cancer continuum. The author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, his work has appeared in leading journals. He received his medical degree and was an internal medicine residency at the University of California at San Francisco. He then received a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.
- Pollack CE, Blackford AL, Du S, Deluca S, Thornton RLJ, Herring B. Association of receipt of a housing voucher with subsequent hospital utilization and spending. JAMA. 2019;322(21):2115-2124. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.17432.
- Pollack CE, Du S, Blackford AL, Herring B. The Moving To Opportunity Experiment to Decrease Neighorhood Poverty Had Limited Effects on Emergency Department Utilization. Health Affairs. 2019;38(9):1442-1450. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00452.
- Shi M, Baum A, Pollack CE. Perspectives on Integrating Health into the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: A Qualitative Study. Health Affairs. 2020 Apr;39(4):622-630.