Category Archives: Context of Population Health

Eviction Victims of the Impersonal Market

Arleen lost her 2 boys suddenly and by force. She had fallen behind on her rent and couldn’t pay the electricity bill. No electricity means no food in the refrigerator, no clock to get to school on time, no lights for evening homework. And for Arleen, no more kids. Child welfare determined that her sons […]

Restricting Access to Abortions Will Backfire

Banning abortions won’t stop them from happening; it will just make them more likely to result in health complications or even death.   The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade landmark case in 1973 legalized abortion in all 50 states. However, in 1992 it was declared that states could pass restrictions that do not present an […]

The Latest Trend: Outdoor Pre-schools

Can outdoor preschools and farm-to-preschool programs help make our children healthier or are they just the latest trend? An urban farm preschool took first place this year at an international contest that focuses on innovative ideas in architecture, interior design, industrial design and urban planning. The idea is that children learn through experience, using their […]

An Opportunity Development Bank

A child jumping a puddle

As inequality reaches unprecedented heights in America, there is growing—and increasingly realistic—concern for social and political stability.   Although inequality could be redressed by explicit redistribution, political gridlock in Washington and in many states makes this solution unlikely, and potentially economically disruptive. Yet many Americans, hostile to redistribution, are sympathetic to the need to create […]

Black White Displacement Disparities

Black-White differences in displacement for highway construction

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is getting serious about the damage done to African-American neighborhoods by highway construction.   As Angie Schmitt reports: Growing up in Charlotte, Foxx’s own street was walled in by highways, he recalled in a speech today at the Center for American Progress. Building big, grade-separated roads through thickly settled neighborhoods devastated communities, uprooted residents, and cut off […]

A Tale of 200 Cities

We think we control the size of our cities by restricting outsiders. How vain is human striving!   At the level of individual neighborhoods, there is certainly control over whether outsiders are let in.  Neighborhoods, and even some small cities, can simply refuse to build any new housing for years or decades. But the size […]

Segregated Neighborhoods Are Damaging the American Dream

Restrictive zoning rules that allow for racially and economically homogenous neighborhoods are ruining the American dream for everyone.   The number of neighborhoods with mixed class and cultural backgrounds are shrinking. Los Angeles is the most segregated city in America for white and Hispanic populations. African-American and white residential segregation has somewhat improved, but as […]

Civic Engagement and Civic Representation in the Culture of Health

RWJF Culture of Health rubric

In 2005 Stephanie and Chris Chambers, an African-American couple in their 50s, finally achieved their long-cherished dream of buying a home. But because the home they could afford was miles from any job that would pay well, they found themselves commuting 4-6 hours a day—each. After three years of waking their 3 kids at O-Dark-Thirty for […]

Alternative Uses for Vacant Lots

Ron Finley has been busy digging up a new future for LA. His urban guerilla gardening, featured in a TED talk, encourages kids in South Central LA to help him produce beautiful vegetables from unused bits of land around LA, proving that you can make silk from a sow’s ear after all. Ron, who initially […]

How Right to Counsel Could Decrease Homelessness

It’s easy to assume that homeless people need a house—but sometimes they need a lawyer even more.   Many people associate homelessness with mental health or drug abuse problems. However, there is a large number of families – most with children – who become homeless not because of their health, but because of illegal and […]