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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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