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Background: Housing is an important social determinant of health and substandard housing is linked to physical, mental, and social health problems.
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to qualitatively assess the impacts of repairs to substandard housing in rural East Tennessee through twenty-eight interviews.
Methods: Zoom was utilized for recording phone interviews in January– February 2021 and NVivo software was used for thematic analysis in May–July 2021.
Results: Themes that emerged included environmental risk reduction, impacts on physical health, impacts on mental health, impacts on financial well-being, and willingness to receive future assistance from service organizations.
Implications: Further research is recommended to quantify impacts including effects on utilization of health care and community services, school and work attendance, and mental health impacts.
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O’Connell B, Sloop A, Intagliata N, Miller M. They built my soul: A qualitative analysis of the impacts of home repairs in rural Tennessee. J Appalach Health 2022;4(1):9–19. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0401.03.