Equity Officer City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
Across the US, local health departments and grassroots community organizing groups are collaborating to challenge the social, environmental, and economic conditions that create health inequities. Because people’s living and working conditions are patterned by centuries of racist policy, practice, and narrative, these collaborations aim to:
• Name and address structural racism as a root cause of health inequities; • Overcome decades of mistrust between organizers and government—and health departments’ own histories of institutional racism—to chart a new path forward together; • Explicitly support the needs of Black, Lantinx, and other marginalized communities; and • Take strategic action to support equity-focused campaigns.
This work is now more important than ever given the clarion call that Black Lives Matter. Health departments are accountable to this call, and must increasingly seed and nurture collaborations that center racial equity. This town hall will highlight local health department and grassroots organizer collaborations, with a focus on how effective partnerships advance racial equity.