Excerpt from the Covenant with Black America

The health of African Americans has suffered greatly because of social disparities that rendered us, and therefore our treatment, less than equal in quality and access. There are major disparities in healthcare and health outcomes. For example, if we had eliminated disparities in health in the last century, there would have been 85,000 fewer black deaths overall in 2000. Among others, these include: 24,000 fewer black deaths from cardiovascular disease; 4,700 fewer black infant deaths in the first year of life; 22,000 fewer deaths from diabetes; and almost 2,000 fewer black women would have died from breast cancer.

Many things must change to secure the right healthcare, healthy living, and well-being in America. The solution to this pervasive problem of health disparities is that we must advocate for system changes that include universal health insurance, guaranteed primary medical homes, proportionate representation in health professions, bias-free interventions, nonviolent and exercise-friendly neighborhoods, nutritious food outlets, educational equality, career opportunities, parity in income and wealth, home ownership, and hope. There are individual, community, and governmental responsibilities for achieving these goals. Somehow we must bring these different levels of responsibility together in a concerted effort to eliminate disparities in healthcare and health outcomes.

I believe that there are reasons to be hopeful that with concerted efforts from the black community and other leaders, we will successfully reverse the current trends.

-excerpt from David M. Satcher's essay in the Covenant with Black America

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Organizations Advocating For Change

Growing Power

Growing Power, Inc. is a non-profit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environment in which they live by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. It’s mission is implemented by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

Other organizations

The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJA), hosted by Growing Power, Inc. is a new comprehensive network that views dismantling racism as a core principal that brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

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The Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC)

HHPC is a collaboration of community, academic, and public health stakeholders which uses research, education, and service delivery to improve the health and well-being of the Harlem community.

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The Jamestown Project
Healthcare and Well-Being
Criminal Justice
Police Accountability
Affordable Neighborhoods
Rural Development
Economic Prosperity
Environmental Justice
Digital Divide
Advocating for Change
Youth Call To Action
Plan A Town Hall Meeting
Covenant Curricula
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