Discrimination based on race and ethnicity can negatively affect health across lifetimes and generations. Racial inequities are not random. They have been created and sustained over time by unfair and discriminatory policies and practices at many levels. Inequities will not disappear on their own, but communities have the power to disrupt them.
On November 12, 2019 we teamed up with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to share how the Spokane Regional Health District began their journey toward disrupting racial inequities in Spokane, WA. We explored how the Health District got started, learned some lessons along the way, and what they hope to achieve. We also shared the framework they’re using to build their internal capacity and discussed how you can use it to embed racial equity considerations in your community’s practices.
GARE is a national network of government jurisdictions working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. It is a joint project of the new Race Forward and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.