In the aftermath of November 8, it is clearer than ever that cities and the counties and metropolitan regions in which they are situated are the crucibles where an inclusive American economy and democracy can and must be forged. From Atlanta to Indianapolis, cities across the | Read more >
Using the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey to Understand Neighborhood Equity and Unify Cross-Sector Partners
Twenty-eight percent of adults who identify as non-Hispanic white in Connecticut report that they experience high blood pressure, compared to twenty-two percent of adults who identify as Latino, according to DataHaven’s 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey. This statistic suggests that | Read more >
For too long, our nation has attempted to improve health by focusing primarily on the health-care system. To truly achieve health equity, where everyone — regardless of race, neighborhood, or financial status — has the opportunity for health, we must also consider the broader | Read more >
From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure and stagnant wages are some of the barriers that are preventing millions of low-income Americans and communities of color from | Read more >
Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.
By Santra Denis, | Read more >
Decades of racially discriminatory policies have marginalized people of color in every way, including in areas of housing, transportation, education, employment, and health. In spite of civil rights laws passed 50 years ago—people of color still face barriers on nearly | Read more >
Today is an exciting day for equity advocates throughout the nation. In landmark decisions, the Supreme Court voted to uphold critical aspects of two of the most important civil rights laws on the books — the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
In a | Read more >
PolicyLink Applauds RWJF’s $500M Pledge to Battle Childhood Obesity and Build Healthier Communities for All Children
Last week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced it will commit $500 million over the next 10 years to expand its efforts to ensure that all children in the U.S.—no matter who they are or where they live—can grow up at a healthy weight. Building on a $500 million | Read more >
Where we put transportation investments has such an enormous impact on communities economic and health outcomes.
For example, low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately face conditions that contribute to higher rates of asthma related pollution due to living | Read more >
Preparing and serving healthy food in a school in Washington, D.C. is more than a job for Howard Thomas. It is his salvation.
In 2007, Thomas was on the streets selling drugs when, after two of his friends were killed, he realized he needed to change his life. He received culinary | Read more >