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Unjust and Unfair: Health Consequences of the Racial Wealth Divide Webinar Series

In conjunction with our podcast In Solidarity’s exploration of the racial wealth divide, we are airing a two-part webinar series on the topic titled Unjust and Unfair: Health Consequences of the Racial Wealth Divide. Both webinars will delve into the reasons behind the wealth gap and solutions communities could employ to close it. Studies show a strong connection between wealth and health. Those with greater wealth experience lower rates of hypertension, decreased obesity, higher life expectancy and other favorable health outcomes. The wealth gap started with the enslavement of human beings and persists today. On average, Black families have just 10 percent of the wealth of white families in this country.  

Join us May 10th and June 14th as we look into the racial wealth divide and examine bold wealth building solutions. We’ll be joined by two panels of experts, including: 

  • Miriam Axel-Lute, editor of Shelterforce, a publication bridging the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and equitable development.
  • Michael Stevenson, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ Evidence and Policy team leader.
  • Shira Markoff, policy fellow at Prosperity Now
  • Keyana M Walston, project manager-management analyst for the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Each webinar will be followed by a one-hour interactive discussion at 4pm ET. We encourage you to participate in an engaging dialogue with peers across the country to share your experiences with wealth gaps. Mark your calendars and plan to stay as long as you're able.

Part 1, Why Wealth Matters to Your Health, is available on demand

Register now for Part 2, Closing the Racial Wealth Gap with Innovative Solutions.

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