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Amanda L. Reddy, Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, will deliver the 2021 Hankin Distinguished Lecture, hosted by Penn State’s residential construction program and the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center. Her talk, “Florence Nightingale Was Right: The Central Role of Housing for Ensuring Health and Well-Being in a Changing World,” will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, over Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The National Center for Healthy Housing is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to bridge the divide between housing and health and secure better housing and better health for all. In her talk, Reddy will reference Florence Nightingale, who wrote, “The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists,” and discuss the importance of housing and health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In modern parlance, we often state that housing is one of the most well-documented and powerful social determinants of health, and this association holds true not just despite our increasing globalization, but also because of it,” Reddy said. “In the face of pandemics, climate change and the ongoing fight for racial and economic justice, housing is essential to our collective and individual well-being. Homes are also increasingly serving as workplaces and learning environments. We’ll explore opportunities to leverage housing in addressing traditional and emerging threats to our health and well-being but also opportunities to use housing as a platform to help individuals and communities thrive.”