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Communities Driving Health Equity

Posted: February 14, 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is proud to present a documentary video series that spotlights local organizations across the U.S. advancing health equity for their communities by addressing the environmental, social, economic, and structural challenges that may impact residents’ health. The videos show that, while challenges are numerous, progress is possible when community members, organizations, funders, and policy makers work together to drive local-level solutions that improve health equity and well-being for all.

Our nation’s health depends largely on the health and well-being of its communities, but many of them don’t have adequate access to jobs, safe and affordable housing, health care, green space, healthy food options, and other things they need to thrive. While biology, genetics, and individual behaviors play a role in people’s health, the socially-driven conditions in which one lives—often referred to as “social determinants of health”—influence and limit individuals’ choices. By taking on these health-limiting factors and developing solutions with partners, communities can help empower residents to grasp their full health potential.

NAM is presents the stories of three diverse communities that face complex, pervasive challenges but are all making progress in advancing health equity—meaning everyone has the same shot at living a healthy life. While each community needs to develop an approach suited to its own unique needs, the hope is that in sharing these stories, communities facing similar challenges might be inspired and informed to build solutions that are right for them.

View the whole video series, or click on the individual community videos:

  • People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) is fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West side. View the video.
  • Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN), now Faith in Indiana is acting collectively for racial and economic equity in Indiana. View the video.
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV) is fostering physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health in Honolulu, Hawaii. View the video.

View the full NNEDshare resource to learn more and find the conceptual model, infographics, a report, and more for community-driven solutions for health equity.

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