Advancing a just food system through research, advocacy, and coalition-building
Advocating for equitable health systems in California and throughout the nation
Connecting health to housing, transportation, and education to create healthy communities
Investing nationally and regionally to create healthy people in healthy places
PolicyLink and FSG recently launched the Ambassadors for Health Equity Fellowship, a new initiative to connect innovative and inspiring leaders to mentorship, education, and opportunities for collaboration around advancing systemic solutions in health equity.
Each short brief describes key challenges and strategies to advance equity within the issue area, provides relevant data points and research findings on the economic benefits of equity, and shares an inspiring example of a win-win solution for equity and the economy already being implemented.
From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure and stagnant wages are some of the barriers that are preventing millions of low-income Americans and communities of color from reaching their full potential. Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges weaves together insights from the fields of healthcare, housing and economic security to outline a case for progressive, equity-focused policy.
Decades of racially discriminatory policies have marginalized people of color in every way, including in areas of housing, transportation, education, employment, and health. In spite of civil rights laws passed 50 years ago—people of color still face barriers on nearly every quality-of-life measure. Without immediate and strategic intervention to build equitable communities, the outlook for these individuals—and for the nation as a whole—will be bleak.
Building a Community-Based Food System Transforming West Oakland: A Case Study Series on Mandela MarketPlace
The first of a three-part series by PolicyLink and Mandela MarketPlace, this case study highlights the ongoing work of Mandela MarketPlace and its partners to build a local food system that prioritizes community ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area. This first case study provides an overview of the organization, offers a historical context of its development, and outlines critical factors that contributed to its existing infrastructure and framework of local ownership. Read a blog post from Dana Harvey, executive director at Mandela MarketPlace, and view the accompanying photo essay, with original photography from Mandela MartketPlace.