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Recent Events & Features

“Longterm Community Collaborations and Systemic Solutions”

We talk to Stephanie Baker, Lizzie Biddle, and Crystal Dixon from the Greensboro Health Disparities Collective (GHDC) about reaching systemic solutions to inequities in the healthcare system – and following the leadership of community partners to devise and implement those solutions.

Report Spotlight

Over 300 localities have started addressing racism and its impacts on health by acknowledging that racism is a public health crisis. Building on the first report, this report discusses the health impacts of racism, local governmental responses, and recommendations for responding to racism as a public health crisis.

Declaring racism as a public health crisis is an important first step. Doing so acknowledges that racism exists and that government has a duty to dismantle the system of racism, instead of leaving the burden on individual victims of racism to file lawsuits. This is a critical shift in how to see racism and craft solutions to address it. Yet a declaration, without more, is not enough.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funded Study

Until now, no one has cataloged jurisdictions working with racial equity tools created by national organizations. In this report, we begin filling this gap by identifying jurisdictions working with racial equity tools and discuss how they are addressing systemic racism and the social determinants of health in their communities.

Wage Pass-Through Report
Direct Care Workers, COVID-19, and Pay Inequities

COVID-19 has revealed inequities for health care workers of color, especially direct care workers. Many of these direct care workers are not covered under COVID-19 economic relief bills and wage pass-through laws could help provide additional pay.



A disproportionate number of the 500,000 Americans who have died of coronavirus are Black. Yet African Americans and other people of color have struggled to access vaccines. Covid-19 missteps contribute to a nightmare all too familiar to Black communities and other communities of color.

Healing justice must breathe life back into our communities with structural changes that eliminate barriers to access. Now is the time to establish an understanding of healing justice, a concept which incorporates healing as a component of social justice and racial equity.

Through a community-led grantmaking process, the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing Fund will support efforts to develop capacity and infrastructure in the racial justice movement to
envision, articulate, and create a transformed St. Louis region through community organizing and healing arts.

Too often Black and Brown St. Louisans, people of color, don’t have power over the resources for community healing, justice, and transformation. The Racial Healing + Justice Fund makes it a priority that residents who are directly affected by racial inequity are the ones who design the strategy and govern the investment of the funds into the community.

Through research, training, community engagement and public policy development, the Institute will help build equitable communities by assessing and promoting best practices that foster healing from social injustice, trauma and oppression.

Four faculty members at Saint Louis University recently united to help build a more equitable community in which “race, gender, class and other social identity categories can no longer predict life outcomes, and outcomes for all groups are improved.

Dr. Keon Gilbert (IHJE Director of Equity & Policy) joins the Health Promotion Practice Journal podcast to discuss race, racism, and antiracism. Follow the link below to hear Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Jones dissect key definitions; explore national patterns; and offer strategies for reshaping institutions and for exploring the possibilities of intergenerational bridging.

Dr. Yearby (IHJE Director of Community Research Ethics) had her work recognized by Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy research. Her article, “Structural Racism in Historical and Modern US Health Care Policy” made the journal’s countdown of the most-read articles of 2022. In addition, her episode of A Health Podyssey podcast was featured in their countdown of the best episodes of the year.

As part of Brookings Institution’s coverage of the 2023 State of the Union Address, Dr. Keon Gilbert along with Carly Bennett and Patrick Edwards consider the ramifications of ending the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency — and consider possible paths towards health equity in its wake.

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