By Andre M. Perry and Jonathan Rothwell, BROOKINGS
“The Black Progress Index identifies and measures the social conditions that predict long and healthy lives for Black Americans.”
By Washington Post Live, https://www.washingtonpost.com/
“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and exacerbated the country’s economic, racial, and health disparities. California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health assistant professor Kizzmekia S. Corbett join Washington Post Live to discuss health equity, the lessons learned from the pandemic, and how we can better prepare for and respond to the next one.”
Today, NCHE grieves the loss of our dear friend and colleague, David C. Harrington.
David co-led NCHE’s Prince Georges County Place Matters Team in their efforts to achieve health and life opportunities for people of color. He was a true public servant with strong ties to his family, faith, and community.
David will be remembered for his service to others, his kindness, and the countless lives he touched.
May Your Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
By Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY
Recent flooding in Jackson, Mississippi, exacerbated the city’s already failing water system. Experts say it’s a familiar threat in disinvested communities of color.
PBS NewsHour, Video
“While inflation eased slightly last month, it continues to remain high and new data shows it’s having an outsized, negative impact on Native American, Black and Latino families in particular, according to a poll out this week from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard University. Alonzo Plough, chief science officer of the foundation, joins William Brangham to discuss the specifics.”
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Article
In an NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey, people of color are significantly more likely than Whites to report they are currently experiencing serious financial problems at a time when households across the United States are widely reporting serious financial problems due to inflation.
The #EquityandData Newsletter is now available! The newsletter was developed to raise awareness of work related to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems. There are relevant news articles, highlights from grantee initiatives that are aligned with the Commission’s recommendations, upcoming events, and more.
Chair of the TFAH Board of Directors Gail Christopher, D.N. and President and CEO J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., MSCE released the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth, 2022.
(Washington, DC – June 17, 2022) — “Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. It’s also a day on which we should recognize that as a nation we have more work to do before all Americans are free from the burdens of social, economic, and health inequities.
Well over a century after the first Juneteenth, structural racism continues to have far-reaching impacts on health, well-being, and opportunity.
Our goal is to recommend policies that will advance the social, economic, and environmental conditions that promote health by ensuring equitable access to high-quality childcare, education, employment, safe and affordable housing, transportation, and healthcare for all Americans.”
Trust for America’s Health calls for the following policy actions to reverse the impact of structural racism in America:
- Make advancing health equity and eliminating health disparities a national priority. This includes increasing funding for programs that advance healthy equity, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health and Healthy Tribes Programs.
- Invest in multisector efforts to address upstream drivers of poor health through CDC’s Social Determinants of Health program.
- Target the elimination of poverty by increasing the minimum wage and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit at the national and state levels.
- Increase access to high-quality healthcare for all by strengthening incentives to expand Medicaid in all states and by making marketplace coverage more affordable for low-and moderate-income people.
- Create a national standard mandating job-protected paid family and medical leave for all employees.
- Increase funding for programs that promote long-term security and good health for children and families, including programs designed to expand access to affordable housing, Head Start, Early Head Start, and nutrition support programs such as Healthy School Meals for All, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
For more information about these and other policy recommendations see these TFAH reports:
The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) applauds the work of TFAH and supports these vital social policy actions. NCHE recognizes that we have to generate the public will for enacting and sustaining the needed policies. One vehicle for doing this is the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) work of communities across America. This work involves changing false narratives, building trusted relationships, as well as addressing the systemic and institutional legacies of the false ideology of the hierarchy of human value.
While the federal holiday, Juneteenth, enables us to celebrate the end of slavery, we must all remember that the beliefs that animated it for centuries lived on and continue to exist today. Racism must end.
Genuine discussions about racial inequities are necessary, difficult, and urgent. Many forces work to keep people from discussing racism. Conversations and narratives often generate unproductive fear, shame, guilt, avoidance, and denial in the absence of honest reflections on race and the history of this country. We must move beyond that to a place of healing and action. Dr. Alonzo Plough, RWJF’s chief science officer, explains how in his book.