President & CEO, TheCaseMade
"...the work to improve the surrounding neighborhoods is on the critical path to racial equity and inclusion. They are the same struggle. Working toward racial equity in housing means that we are actively and intentionally pursuing policies, programs and investments that reduce racial disparities – with the goal of making it impossible to use race as a predictor of any negative social outcome. While there are many ways to address racial equity and build more inclusive communities in the context of housing, we should be clear on the fundamentals." Read More >
Making the Case for Affordable Housing
On Affordable Housing
Florida Housing Coalition
All in Data
This is an important moment for health equity advocates. There is a growing awareness that health outcomes are determined by factors considerably beyond what happens in traditional health care settings and a real effort to change the way that a wide variety of national and community level stakeholders understand (and promote) better health outcomes. To support a growing field of health equity advocates, we must be thoughtful in how we engage people who work directly in the health care sector as well as policymakers, advocates, community stakeholders to build on the momentum of the moment. The words we use to interpret new research, to position new community programs or engage health care systems, to explain how we are allocating our grants and resources – all shape the extent of public support this work receives. Read More >
In this keynote/session, DrT will help health equity professionals at all levels (health care funders, community practitioners, community stakeholders, communications directors and others) build support for a strong health equity agenda. If our intent is to “build a bigger tent” (that is, to bring more people to support health equity initiatives, programs and funding), we need a thoughtful approach. At its core, the question is: How can we make equity more relatable to a wider audience – not just those who are already committed to it? That is, what’s in it for wider audiences for this approach? Moreover, this work to engage public audiences differently and more effectively requires consistency across our organizations – from our leadership to our frontline health advocates.
In this session, we will first review what cognitive science has to say about how people at all levels understand the issues of “health” and “equity” as central ideas in our work. More importantly, we will review how these issues easily backfire when they do not navigate effectively around dominant narratives that reduce support for our work. This interactive session will both present the empirical research in the field, use interactive exercises to help participants practice identifying typical backfires in how we talk about health equity, and provide empirically based recommendations for how we navigate those backfires successfully.
The result of this session is that participants will understand why traditional messaging around health equity often fails to produce the results that we want – greater support and involvement of important stakeholders. And more important, participants will have concrete skills that help them to invite those stakeholders into more productive conversations around this issue. Read Less ^