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 the Center for Health Equity and Place advances health equity as an essential component of a society that values the well-being of all people.
Healthy people require healthy places: The Center seeks to create the economic, social, and physical characteristics needed for healthy communities in all neighborhoods, with a focus on the unique needs of low-income communities and communities of color.
It is dedicated to achieving and institutionalizing health equity by supporting key stakeholders with technical assistance, policy advocacy tools, research and data analysis, and coalition-building consultation.
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.
The Los Angeles Good Food Purchasing Program: Changing Local Food Systems, One School, Supplier, and Farmer at a Time
In 2011-2012, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council developed the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), an innovative local food procurement policy aimed at building markets for good food to create an equitable food system for all of Los Angeles. Developed through a participatory process that engaged over 100 stakeholders and procurement experts, GFPP commits major government institutions to a set of purchasing guidelines that are unique in their equal emphasis on five food system values.
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.