On About Health, 4/1/19 we discussed the social determinants of health, and how some communities are coming together to build a better life!
Listen now: https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=307588
“The strain of living in a poor neighborhood, with subpar schools, lack of parks, fear of violence, and few to no healthy food options, is literally taking years off of people’s lives.” —Twenty Years of Life
Good health is not just an individual choice. Where you live, your access to healthy food, your exposure to toxins, your children’s ability to play outside, your chronic stress, your income, and the quality of schools, all impact the health of your family. We need to rethink the root causes of disease.
Suzanne Bohan, author of Twenty Years of Life, covered health and science for twelve years with the Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and OaklandTribune. She has won nearly twenty journalism awards, including a White House Correspondents’ Association award for her reporting on health disparities. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in biology. Suzanne Bohan is coauthor of 50 Simple Ways to Live a Longer Life: Everyday Techniques from the Forefront of Science.
Jason Corburn, PhD, is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, jointly appointed in the Department of City & Regional Planning and the School of Public Health. He directs Berkeley’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development, a joint Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, and he leads the Center for Global Healthy Cities. His research focuses on the links between environmental health and social justice in cities, notions of expertise in science-based policy making, and the role of local knowledge in addressing environmental and public health problems. To learn about Jason’s extensive experience and publications go to https://www.jasoncorburn.com.
If you missed the January 16th show on KPFA about The Roots of Health Disparities you can hear it now at https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=251021
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice
in health care is the most shocking and
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.”
—”Health Equity As a Critical Civil Rights Issue,” PolicyLink, 2015
Dalila Butler, Associate Director, works with the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place to promote social, economic and health equity through environmental and policy change, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color. Dalila serves as the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee Chair. She also provides technical assistance to communities across the country and supports research and writing for health team projects. She supports the Boys and Men of Color team by working with networks in advancing policy and practice to advance equity in the areas of health, education, employment, and juvenile justice. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Dalila supported health equity projects at Prevention Institute. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University.
You can listen to today’s show (Oct.2, 2016)
“About Health” on KPFA radio
Your health and the health of your community is affected by many factors.
We know that health care is essential for all, but it is only one health determinant. There is a broad range of social, economic, racial, and environmental factors that can support or hinder healthy outcomes.
How do we get to greater health equity? Join us for this important conversation.
“The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.–“World Health Organization”
Dr. Dayna Long is the Medical Director at the Center for Community Health and Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she is also an Attending Physician. Her career has been dedicated to addressing health inequities that affect families and young children. In addition to her role as pediatrician, she also serves as a steering committee member of First Five-Alameda County/Help Me Grow, Medical Director at the Center for Community Health and Engagement, Co-founder and Medical Director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Spokeswoman for the Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing Initiative….and much more. You can find out more about her at http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/find-a-doctor/long-dayna-a-md-473.aspx
Anna Gruver, LCSW, is the Maternal, Paternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MPCAH) Coordinator and Health Care Services Administrator at Alameda County’s Public Health Department. She is a bi-lingual, bi-cultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the field of social work focusing on children and families for more than 20 years. As the MPCAH Coordinator and Alameda County Healthy Start Initiative Project Director she leads the integration of maternal child/early childhood family support services for pregnant women and families with young children; looking closely at social determinants of health and the strength of families.
MPCAH enhances access to comprehensive, quality health care and focuses on early intervention and prevention services. The goal is to reduce health disparities, protect and improve health outcomes among Alameda County families, including pregnant women, parenting women and men, and their children.