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Webinar: A Level Playing Field: Addressing City Issues through the Lens of Equity

October 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Several years have passed since the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Commission to Build a Healthier America announced a key finding: zip codes may be a more important predictor of health than genetic codes. This finding spurred a significant shift and focus on the intersections among key issues and their impact on health. As a result, we know that ‘place matters’ and access to high performing schools, affordable housing, healthy food, good jobs and safe spaces for physical activity — often called the social determinants of health — ultimately make a difference in how well we live and how long we live. Children and families growing up in communities that lack these health promoting resources often suffer poorer health outcomes than their peers. These differences in health are known as health disparities and disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

So how can city leaders be more explicit about the intersections between place, race and health in policy, program and practice decisions? Please join the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families on October 27 (1-2pm EDT) for an important web forum that explores innovative city-led efforts to address racial and ethnic health disparities with leaders from the City of Baltimore and national organizations such as Policy Link who are leading a variety of efforts to better confront these challenges. You will also learn about tools and resources to support efforts to build a Culture of Health and advance health equity.



  • Alyia Gaskins, Senior Associate, National League of Cities
  • Stephanie V. Boarden, Associate Director, PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place
  • Leon Andrews, Director, Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL), National League of Cities
  • Holly Freishtat, Baltimore City Food Policy Director


October 27, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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