Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Promoting a Culture of Health in the American City
In March, I had the pleasure of presenting my experiences with the new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, "Culture of Health." I've been involved with three projects in this program, which is designed to create a nationwide commitment to health for all. I'm a member of an "Interdisciplinary Research Leader" team, joining Derek Hyra and Dominic Moulden to look at "Making the Just City." I'm a core team member of the Orange NJ Culture of Health in NJ initiative called "Healthy Orange." I'm also an advisor to the Civic Hall Labs project using digital media to address civic engagement and civic cohesion. I've found the Culture of Health programs to have a lot of freedom to tackle issues that American public health has long ignored, including issues of social structure and issues of pathways to health that include housing, jobs and education.