Tag Archives: Health Equity

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Inequity

By Sarah Moore on March 27th, 2019

Whether we look at health outcomes through the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, social determinants of health, or any other framework for sorting society’s systems, a common thread of historic—and too often, current—racial discrimination runs through them.

Building Effective Coalitions for Racial Equity

By Danielle Sherman on October 18th, 2017

Last month, a group of around 500 people and I participated in a webinar covering the launch of the fearlessly groundbreaking Walking Towards Justice Series. It was organized by America Walks and moderated by Charles Brown, Senior Researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. The first episode of the series addressed race and residential […]

Monuments to Racism Undermine Community Health

By Phil Bors on August 23rd, 2017

Recent events in Charlottesville, VA have sent us reeling. At Active Living By Design (now Healthy Places by Design), we believe that health and wellbeing are essential human rights, and we know that the connections between race, racism, and poor health are well established. As Danielle Sherman expressed in her recent blog, racism and racial […]

Put Race at the Center to Improve Health

By Danielle Sherman on July 12th, 2017

Racism impacts our health and well-being. This is something we don’t say often enough, despite the fact that people of color still have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than white people. The stresses of racism start in the womb through stressors on mothers. Continuing in childhood and throughout life, discrimination and oppression are embedded […]

Good Neighbors Address Rural Health Disparities

By Risa Wilkerson on June 14th, 2017

I grew up in southern Michigan near a small town with only a thousand people. I lived in the “country.” That’s what we called anything outside of the one-square-mile town where I went to church and school. There was (and still is) one bank, one bar, a library, and a few ever-changing shops. Growing up […]

Health Equity: When Good Intentions Aren’t Good Enough

By Sarah Strunk on June 1st, 2017

I recently completed many years of service as a board member for a local nonprofit that improves the lives of girls and young women. I loved it and felt we were making a real difference in our community. In the last decade, we quadrupled the number of girls served and had measurable, positive outcomes. We […]

How I Benefited from Unfair Housing

By Phil Bors on April 26th, 2017

Fighting American Nationals picket in front of CORE (Congress of Racial Equity) protesters who were demanding Levitt & Sons to open the Belair subdivision in Bowie, MD, to African Americans. August 1963. My hometown, Bowie, MD, turned 100 last year. The city celebrated its proud history as a railroad town, the cradle of thoroughbred horse […]

Achieving Health Equity Means Including People with Disabilities

By Chris Mackey on April 20th, 2017

There are several definitions of “health equity,” but most would agree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition, which states that “Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to ‘attain his or her full health potential’ and no one is ‘disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position […]

A Conversation with Natalie S. Burke about Facilitative Leadership

By Sarah Strunk on February 16th, 2017

Some people leave a lasting impression. They live beyond their comfort zones, their vulnerability reminding you that if you don’t try, you almost certainly will fail. They speak their truth authentically and passionately, paving a way for you to search more deeply for your own. And they lead with a spirit of abundance that cultivates […]

An Interview with ALBD Board Chair, Niiobli Armah

By Risa Wilkerson on January 13th, 2017

Niiobli Armah IV is founder of We-Collab, a social change organization that works across public and private sectors to accelerate innovation in local communities. He works at Bloomberg Associates, an international consulting firm that helps city governments improve the quality of life for citizens. Niiobli and I have worked together for years and I know […]