Today, NCHE mourns the loss of Dr. John Moeser, known as the moral conscience of Richmond. Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities partnered with John on his groundbreaking “Unpacking the Census” series.  Conversations surrounding his work raised a level of awareness about disparities present in the Metro Richmond area. It led to the development of the Office of Community Wealth Building, a city agency that has a wholistic approach to moving individuals from one social economic statue to middle class, a model that has been duplicated by other cities across the country. A lead story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch carried a tribute by Michael Paul Williams which quotes many leading Richmonders in evaluating John’s service.

Initiatives of Change honors the life of Dr. John Moeser on their website.

He will be remembered as a pioneer and champion for racial equity and a valued friend and partner.

 

In June 2022, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a formal review to revise OMB’s Statistical Policy Directive No. 15 (Directive No. 15)Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity. The first step in the formal review process for OMB’s statistical standards for collecting race and ethnicity data is well underway – and the public is encouraged to share their perspectives and input.

There are two ways the public can get involved:

1) The Working Group, through OMB, is soliciting public input on its recommended proposal for revisions to Directive No. 15 through a Federal Register Notice. If you’d like to be notified when the Federal Register Notice is published, please send a request to join the mailing list to [email protected].

 

2) The Working Group is holding virtual, bi-monthly listening sessions to hear directly from members of the public. To schedule a listening session, please send a brief email expressing interest to [email protected].

Statement by Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

FOOD INSECURITY MUST BECOME A NATIONAL PRIORITY

WASHINGTON, DC – “The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) applauds President Biden for hosting the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health last week, the first in more than 50 years. The administration provided a much-needed platform for these critical issues that are too often overlooked by families, public officials, and community leaders. We ask the administration to continue pursuing food security. The federal government must place more emphasis on food security – both reducing hunger and eliminating the ‘food deserts’ that plague urban communities of color, where fresh, healthy food is not conveniently available.

“For decades, the private sector has chosen not to significantly invest in grocery stores in urban communities of color, leaving residents with diets dominated by unhealthy foods. These corporate investment decisions fuel chronic conditions like obesity that increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer, which lead to poor health outcomes and premature deaths. In total, more than 19 million people live in the food deserts.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that before the worst of the pandemic roughly 35 million Americans, including more than 5 million children, were unable to meet their food needs or know where their next meal was coming from. Further, Blacks and Hispanics are affected disproportionately, with 19.1 % of Black households and 15.6 % of Hispanic households experiencing food insecurity, compared to only 7.9% of White households.

“It is a problem that cannot be ignored any longer.

“Three organizations, NCHE, the Texas Health Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University tracked food security and other indicators of health during a massive data gathering initiative known as the HOPE  Initiative. The program provides interactive data to help states and the nation move beyond measuring disparities to spurring action toward achieving health equity.

“The HOPE researchers confirmed the disturbing lack of food security but also explained what it would take to fix the nation’s food security problem. In Texas 4.3 million people needed to achieve food security to reach HOPE’s 97% threshold, in Arizona the number was 930,150 residents and in Mississippi it was 803,839 people.

“We know the task is arduous. But all of America, including our public, private and non-profit sectors, must show the resolve to improve food security so every American enjoys healthier life outcomes. Food security can have a positive impact on our society by boosting economic productivity, creating better educational outcomes, and preventing avoidable health care costs from nutrition-related health issues. Together, America can make it happen.”

Download Full Press Release (PDF): Here

The Urban Institute, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is hosting a virtual half-day convening, Catalyzing Leadership for Equity, facilitated by racial equity and community engaged methods scholars, to discuss the experiences, challenges, and opportunities facing equity focused leaders of color. The event will take place on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 1:00pm – 4:30pm EDT.

See The Urban Institute event page for additional details.

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.

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:

For more information about these and other policy recommendations see these TFAH reports:

A Blueprint for the 2021 Administration and Congress – The Promise of Good Health for All: Transforming Public Health in America.

Leveraging Evidence-Based Policies to Improve Health, Control Costs, and Create Health Equity

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.

 

Join Dr. Gail Christopher on March 8 and 9 at the 2022 Health Summit: Pathways through Policy for Equitable Recovery, where she will present the keynote speech. 

The 2022 Health Summit promote pathways to equitable recovery, renewal, and resilience and move Louisiana forward. The ultimate goal of our collective work is for Louisiana to rank 40th in health outcomes by 2030.

Thank you to the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center for this exciting opportunity!

To join her in this important discussion, register here.

The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) welcomes Luz B. Delgado as Deputy Director for Programs & Strategy.

Ms. Delgado is a national expert in organizational management, grassroots mobilization, and advocacy for social justice and equity.  Ms. Delgado worked with Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, as well as in the philanthropic, and non-profit sectors.  She worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was a Program Officer for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation and Deputy Director to the Vice for Racial Equity and Healing, Community Engagement & Leadership, Learning & Impact, and the priority places of New Mexico, Mississippi, and New Orleans.

“I support change and transformation in organizations and executives to achieve equity, racial equity, inclusion, diversity, and social justice,” Ms. Delgado said. “I look forward to continuing that work with NCHE.”

Ms. Delgado will play a critical role in overseeing NCHE’s three priority areas: Truth Racial Healing and Transformation for Health Equity, Research Data and Information Systems, and Leadership for Health Equity.  A key member of the NCHE leadership team, she will lead NCHE’s strategic planning and partnership efforts to advance NCHE’s growth and development of a diverse and passionate team that represent the values and equity-centered vision of NCHE.   

Ms. Delgado holds a Masters in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding University, Santa Barbara; and a BA in Management at Universidad Interamericana, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. 

We are also happy to announce NCHE promotions for Jalisa Whitley and Willene Hare.

Jalisa Whitley has been promoted from Senior Program Manager to Director of Leadership Programs, where she will help develop leaders and catalyze cross-sector partnerships that create a more equitable and just society. Recognizing that action, leadership and collaboration drive policy decisions, Ms. Whitley strives to connect with people impacted by social and racial injustices and transform systems and institutions built on the enduring legacy of racism.

A native of Geneva, New York, Ms. Whitley received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters of Public Policy in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

As Director of Leadership Programs, Ms. Whitley is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, quality, and success of the NCHE leadership programs and other NCHE initiatives, including the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing and Healing Through Policy Initiative, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

Willene Hare has been promoted from Program Coordinator to Program Associate. She will continue to support NCHE’s leadership programs, specifically, the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing (CoHLI), a new 18-month leadership experience that supports on the ground practitioners within diverse public health, health equity, advocacy, academic, nonprofit, and other networks to engage in shared learning and strategy development.  As Program Associate, she will also support a variety of NCHE’s other programs.  Ms. Hare received her degree in International Comparative Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Health Policy certificate from Duke 2007, Masters of Public Administration from University of the District of Columbia in 2011.

“We are all excited to welcome Luz Benitez Delgado to our NCHE team; and we celebrate the promotion of our talented and dedicated staff members, Jalisa Whitley and Willene Hare.  It’s with joy that we announce these staff changes to meet the expanding demand for our work on racial and health equity.” Gail C. Christopher

Safe States is now accepting applications for three seed grants of $25,000 each to advance the vision outlined in a recent special convening of the Injury and Violence Prevention Network (IVPN). The IVPN special convening took place in December 2021 to further mobilize IVPN members and supporting colleagues to identify opportunities for the IVP field to collectively realize a vision for addressing inequities through partnership and policy activities.

The summary report from this meeting highlights discussions that:

• Established a mutual intention for exploring the possibilities of addressing racial and health inequities in the IVP field.

• Identified where the intersections exist that connect our daily IVP work to equity and justice approaches.

• Analyzed successes, challenges, and barriers to addressing inequities in our IVP activities.

• Developed a shared vision of opportunities, actions, and responsibilities to address equity in our IVP partnership and policy strategies.

Through this current Request for Proposals (RFP), Safe States will award three seed grants of $25,000 each for use from March – September 2022 to operationalize and integrate equitable approaches to advance one or more of the needs identified during the IVPN special convening.

 

Learn more about the seed grants and how to apply here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

 

Applications Due Friday, February 18, 2022.

 

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The National Day of Racial Healing 2022

(video posted by:W.K. Kellogg Foundation)

The 6th annual National Day of Racial Healing is dedicated to exploring #HowWeHeal from the effects of individual and systemic racism. Launched on Jan. 17, 2017, it creates a sense of belonging through a shared humanity, inspiring collective action to make a world that is more just and equitable.