Place Matters National Conference

Place Matters

Joint Center

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

CommonHealth Action
Kaiser Permanente
The California Endowment
Saint Luke's Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Welcome and thank you for visiting the PLACE MATTERS National Conference Website! The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is proud to announce its third annual National Health Equity Conference, PLACE MATTERS: Exploring the Intersections of Health and Economic Justice. This conference will explore the intersections of health equity and economic justice movements with a focus on the relationship between community development and the creation of healthy spaces and places. The conference, scheduled to take place on October 2, 2013, will begin with an opening reception on Oct 1 at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Washington, D.C. It will convene key stakeholders, including grassroots leaders, elected officials, researchers, public health practitioners, policymakers, community development practitioners, and community organizers, among others, and will feature presentations and discussion designed to:
  • Illuminate the mechanisms through which neighborhood conditions directly and indirectly shape the health of children, youth, and families, and document differences in neighborhood conditions resulting from residential segregation;
  • Identify common goals and strategies of individuals and organizations working in the community development sector (i.e., those helping neighborhood residents create economically viable, healthy, and sustainable places of choice and opportunity) and the health equity sector (e.g., PLACE MATTERS teams working to de-concentrate health risks, while at the same time attracting health-enhancing investments in communities of color);
  • Elevate promising strategies to improve and sustain neighborhood conditions for health that draw upon effective approaches employed in the community development and health equity sectors; and
  • Explore means to better communicate these strategies to key audiences, such as community-based development and health equity organizations, public health practitioners, planners, and elected officials.
The overall strategy of this conference is to provide a forum to illuminate and disseminate information regarding strategies and solutions to address health and economic inequalities. With a thematic focus on the seminal events of 1963 and the nation's progress toward racial equity in the fifty years since, we will highlight the unfinished work of the civil rights movement and understand its implications for future equity movements. By convening national and local leaders, including individuals at the forefront of community development and health equity movements, we seek to raise awareness regarding community conditions that shape health and develop policy solutions at the intersection of place and health, particularly as it pertains to people of color and health equity.

Founded in 1970, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses exclusively on social justice issues of particular concern to African Americans and other communities of color.

The Joint Center's Health Policy Institute (HPI), established in 2002 with a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, addresses social determinants of health through a focus on empowering communities and improving community characteristics that shape health.

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