Place Matters - Alameda County

Place Matters - Alameda County An initiative of the Alameda County Public Health Department, Place Matters promotes health equity t And from what we can tell, this difference is increasing.

Where we live, our race, our income shapes how long we live. Children do not choose to grow up in neighborhoods with no grocery stores, closed parks and struggling schools. The lack of opportunities for good health in some neighborhoods is rooted in persistent injustices shaped by a legacy of segregation, widespread disinvestment in communities of color, and exclusion of people of color from decis

ion making venues. And so, the difference of a couple of miles, the color of their skin, and poverty level adds up to 15 years of life. For example, an African American child residing in Oakland’s flatlands will die an average 15 years before a Caucasian child who resides in the City’s most affluent area – the Oakland hills. We envision an Alameda County where all children, no matter where they live, how much money their parents make, or the color of their skin, have access to the same opportunities to lead a healthy, fulfilling and productive life. Achieving health equity requires an integrated approach spanning all government sectors and in collaboration with community. The Alameda County Place Matters Team recognizes that our environment – social, economic, political, built – shapes us. Therefore, we focus on what shapes the environment: policy. We are working for equity in: education, economics, criminal justice, housing, land use, and transportation. We work collaboratively with multiple sectors and community-based organizations to advance health equity. We frame key policy issues through the lens of health equity, and provide analysis of emerging policy areas where this perspective is overtly absent. Place Matters supports the good work already in progress at the community level, and avoids duplication of effort through robust and proactive community collaboration. Alameda County Place Matters’ team is also part of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute (HPI) National Place Matters Initiative, designed to improve the health of participating community by addressing the social conditions that lead to poor health.


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