Inspiration, equity and the path ahead
From Portland, ME, to Riverside, CA, from Flint, MI, to Gulfport, MS, cross-sector teams from 50 cities gathered in Philadelphia in early June to launch the Invest Health learning community at our inaugural convening. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, charged the group with an ambitious goal: “Creating a new, highly-networked approach to community investment. One that recognizes that health is the bedrock of personal fulfillment, and the backbone of prosperity, and also recognizes that mid-sized cities can lead the way.”
Teams brought a great depth of experience and knowledge and diversity of perspectives. They laid the foundation for their work during the next 18 months to improve opportunities for low income communities through food access, public safety, housing, employment, and more.
Among the week’s speakers, Glenn Harris of the Center for Social Inclusion addressed the group on the effects of bias in social systems and the built environment, how to recognize and confront inequality, and how to build equity through their work at home.You can watch his full talk online: