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In a complex, modern society, we’re deeply connected in ways that often go unnoticed. On In Solidarity: Connecting Power, Place and Health, podcast hosts Ericka Burroughs-Girardi and Beth Silver explore these connections in interviews with some of our country's brightest minds and biggest thinkers. Join the conversation on In Solidarity today.

April 13, 2022

Staggering stats behind the racial wealth divide

It started with the enslavement of human beings and persists today. Wealth influences opportunities for employment, housing, health care, and education, all of which contribute to health inequities. In this episode, we welcome our colleague, Dr. Christine Muganda, a scientist with County Health Rankings, to shed light on what the research says about wealth inequality. One of the most staggering statistics: Black families in this country have just one-tenth of the wealth of white families. Racial differences are far more pronounced in wealth than in income. Ultimately, the differences in wealth and the ability to build it can impact health and well-being for generations.

April 13, 2022

A history of wealth inequities

The 20th century is full of deliberate acts to restrict Black families from building wealth in this country. In this episode we’re joined by Dr. Dalton Conley, a Princeton University professor and author of Being Black, Living in the Red. Conley traces the massive wealth divide to the enslavement of human beings and follows it through Reconstruction, the New Deal, redlining, the G.I. Bill, and beyond. Conley suggests a race-neutral solution may be the most effective way to close the wealth divide.  

April 13, 2022

Reparations: A solution to the racial wealth divide

In this episode, we explore reparations as a possible solution to bridging the racial wealth divide. We're joined by Dr. Andre Perry, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and a scholar-in-residence at American University. Perry has authored the book, Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities and co-authored a Brookings policy brief: “Why we need reparations for Black Americans.” Perry argues that reparations are not only the solution, but they’re also the morally right thing to do. 

April 13, 2022

Solutions to the racial wealth divide

Researchers are starting to understand ways to close the racial wealth gap. In this episode, we explore several evidence-informed solutions to support wealth building. The strategies are part of a curated list from What Works for Health and are rated for their effectiveness on closing disparities, or the differences between groups. We’re joined by our colleague, Michael Stevenson, the team leader for Evidence and Policy Analysis at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, to discuss a range of strategies his team has studied and rated. 

April 13, 2022

Case study: The Atlanta wealth building initiative

The Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative reimagines economic realities in communities of color through community wealth building strategies that leverage ideas, people and capital. On the final episode of our six-part mini-series on the racial wealth divide, we talk about how Atlanta’s tackling the issue with the executive director of the wealth building initiative, Latresa McLawhorn Ryan.