WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans in poverty are more likely than those who are not to struggle with a wide array of chronic health problems, and depression disproportionately affects those in poverty the most. About 31% of Americans in poverty say they have at some point been diagnosed with depression compared with 15.8% of those not in poverty. Impoverished Americans are also more likely to report asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart attacks -- which are likely related to the higher level of obesity found for this group -- 31.8% vs. 26% for adults not in poverty.
Diversity and Inclusion
Structural competency (link below) calls for a new approach to the relationships among race, class, and symptom expression. It bridges research on social determinants of health to clinical interventions, and prepares clinical trainees to act on systemic causes of health inequalities. While many health care professionals, such as social workers and public health practitioners, have long addressed structural determinants of health, clinical care has been focused on the individual, and often restricts the scope of cultural competency training to the beliefs and behaviors of individual patients. Structural competency aims to develop a language and set of interventions to reduce health inequalities at the level of neighborhoods, institutions and policies.
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Participatory Methods: frameworks for power analysis
Participatory methods (PMs) include a range of activities with a common thread: enabling ordinary people to play an active and influential part in decisions which affect their lives. This means that people are not just listened to, but also heard; and that their voices shape outcomes.
This participatory methods website is generated by the Participation, Power and Social Change (PPSC) team at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. It is generously supported by our donors, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The PPSC team works in partnership with diverse collaborators from around the world to generate ideas and action for social change.
Detroiters Resisting Displacement
Detroiters Resisting Displacement. (2016). Retrieved 14 April 2016, from
This website is dedicated to representing the history of disparities in housing and the recent foreclosure and water shutoff crises in Detroit.
New Syracuse clinic offers health care to injection drug users
Abbott, E. (2016). New Syracuse clinic offers health care to injection drug users. Wrvo.org. Retrieved 14 April 2016, from http://wrvo.org/post/new-syracuse-clinic-offers-health-care-injection-drug-users#stream/0
"ACR Health in Syracuse has opened a new clinic to provide health care for injection drug users. The agency hopes the facility can reach people who may feel alienated by the health care system."
Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts
Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts. (2016). Killermartinis.kinja.com. Retrieved 14 April 2016, from http://killermartinis.kinja.com/why-i-make-terrible-decisions-or-poverty-thoughts-1450123558
And the book that this essay inspired: Hand To Mouth
Tirado, L. (2014). Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
The surprising link between postwar suburban development and today’s inner-city lead poisoning
The surprising link between postwar suburban development and today's inner-city lead poisoning. (2016). The Conversation. Retrieved 1 April 2016, from https://theconversation.com/the-surprising-link-between-postwar-suburban-development-and-todays-inner-city-lead-poisoning-54453
"The Flint water crisis and the sad story of Freddie Gray’s lead poisoning have catalyzed a broader discussion about lead poisoning in the United States. What are the risks? Who is most vulnerable? Who is responsible?"
The Dirty Saga of Onondaga County
Onondaga Lake - The Most Polluted Lake in America
Onondaga Lake – The Most Polluted Lake In America. (2014). Onondaga Nation.
Retrieved 1 April 2016, from http://www.onondaganation.org/land-rights/onondaga-lake/
"The discharge from Metro – Onondaga County’s sewage treatment plant – provides almost 20% of the water flowing into the lake and as much as 30% in the summer."
Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction
Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction. (2016). NPR.org. Retrieved 1 April 2016, from http://www.npr.org/2016/03/29/471347542/living-from-rent-to-rent-tenants-on-the-edge-of-eviction
"According to the Harvard Research Center's State of the Nation's Housing report in 2015, rising rents and stagnating wages nationwide have contributed to a record number of cost-burdened renters — a situation that is worsened by the shortage of affordable housing for low-income tenants."
“How to Decimate a City”
Semuels, A. (2015). How to Decimate a City. The Atlantic. Retrieved 9 July 2018 from https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/11/syracuse-slums/416892/
"Syracuse thought that by building a giant highway in the middle of town it could become an economic powerhouse. Instead, it got a bad bout of white flight and the worst slum problem in America."
Groups most likely to be killed by law enforcement
Rate of law enforcement killings, per million population per year, 1999-2011.
Males, M. (2014). Who Are Police Killing? Center on Junevile and Criminal Justice Blog. Retrieved 13 07 2018 http://www.cjcj.org/news/8113
"The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans, followed by African Americans, Latinos, Whites, and Asian Americans." -
With Poverty Comes Depression
Gallup.com: "Well-Being" column from October 30, 2012:
Many in poverty lack access to health basics needed to treat or prevent illnesses
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
The "Think Cultural Health" web site is a services of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
With growing concerns about health inequities and the need for health care systems to reach increasingly diverse patient populations, cultural competence has become more and more a matter of national concern.
The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Adoption of these Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.
PolicyMap offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US. From the classroom to the boardroom, thousands of organizations trust PolicyMap to find the right data for their research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis.
Able Privilege Checklist, Cara Liebowitz
I'm a 21 year old New Yorker transplanted to rural Pennsylvania for college, which ended rather abruptly after 3 years. I have cerebral palsy and use a variety of mobility aids (and sometimes none at all!), including crutches, a walker, and a scooter/wheelchair to navigate around my world.
White Privilege, Peggy MacIntosh
The National SEED Project is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity.
Excerpt from "White Privilege" - Thinking through unacknowledged male privilege as a phenomenon, I realized that, since hierarchies in our society are interlocking, there was most likely a phenomenon of white privilege that was similarly denied and protected. As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage.
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
Log in or register to find out your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, mental health, and other topics:
Child abuse expert has seen the worst of people, but her optimism endures
Advancing Cultural Competence in the Public Health and Healthcare Workforce
11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies
Holloway, K. (2015). 11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies. Alternet.org. Retrieved 14 December 2015, from http://www.alternet.org/print/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies
"Rarely is the present so identifiably historic as the moment we are living in. The New Civil Rights Movement, as it has been dubbed, is shining a national spotlight on long-standing racial inequities that sit at the very center of everyday American life and culture. For many would-be white allies — those who possess a real and authentic desire to be anti-racist partners to people of color (POC) — there may be questions about how, precisely, to best engage in the fight against white supremacy. Most of these folks have already begun thinking critically about race and privilege, and want to do the heavy lifting and difficult learning necessary to act as real allies to POC. But they may not be fully certain about practical ways to begin."
At One College, Professors Support Students Protesting Racial Inequality
Wexler, E. (2015). At One College, Professors Support Students Protesting Racial Inequality. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 14 December 2015, from http://chronicle.com/article/At-One-College-Professors/234371
"Brandeis U. faculty members show their support for student protesters, who have been staging a sit-in since last week."
The Invisible Labor of Minority Professors
June, A. (2015). The Invisible Labor of Minority Professors. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 14 December 2015, from http://chronicle.com/article/The-Invisible-Labor-of/234098
"The Rev. Joseph Brown, a professor of Africana studies at Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale, is sought out as a mentor by minority students. “You never know who’s going to come through the door,” he says. 'It’s like the oasis in the desert for students.'"
Dear White America
Yancy, G. (2016). Dear White America. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/dear-white-america
"In 2015, I conducted a series of 19 interviews with philosophers and public intellectuals on the issue of race. My aim was to engage, in this very public space, with the often unnamed elephant in the room.
These discussions helped me, and I hope many of our readers, to better understand how race continues to function in painful ways within our country. That was one part of a gift that I wanted to give to readers of The Stone, the larger philosophical community, and the world."
Architecture of Segregation
Jargowsky, P. (2015). Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy. The Century Foundation. 13 July 2018, Retrieved from https://tcf.org/content/report/architecture-of-segregation/?agreed=1
This report discusses these trends in the context of the policy choices that helped to construct this architecture of segregation, and makes suggestions on how it can be overcome. - Paul Jargowsky
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