Highly effective information, in-depth analysis, and knowledge from well being fairness champions will help us do our half in shaping more healthy, extra equitable, and extra simply communities.

That’s why, to kick off 2023, we’re sharing a quick roundup of sources that may assist you to advance well being fairness in your neighborhood.

These easy-to-navigate information producing websites will help construct a stronger understanding of neighborhood situations, amplify the experiences of residents, and inform efforts to advocate for insurance policies, practices, and packages that foster well being and wellbeing for all:

Given how individuals devour data in our fast-paced world, we acknowledge the ability of a sturdy visible to encourage and educate. That’s why we’ve up to date our widespread “fairness graphic” to assist individuals perceive the distinction between equality and fairness.

We surveyed readers of RWJF’s weekly e-newsletter, Advances, to tell the brand new picture. Many respondents shared how helpful the unique visible was, but additionally supplied options to enhance it.

We prioritized growing a transparent graphic that was accessible and might be featured on the internet, in social media, and in displays. Our objective was to make it easy sufficient for a wide selection of audiences to make use of and perceive. We hope you discover it thought-provoking and helpful!

A number of of our colleagues have authored or contributed to books that blend private tales, on-the-ground experiences, and insightful concepts to remind us of the alternative to make a distinction in our mission to advance well being fairness.

From the deeply private memoir, The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans by RWJF senior communications officer Joshunda Sanders, to the thought-provoking The Contagion Next Time by Boston College Faculty of Public Well being Dean Sandro Galea, to the youngsters’s books, Black Girl Shining and Black Boy Shining by researcher, educator, and advocate Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant, these daring voices provide shifting, memorable, empowering views on advancing racial justice and bettering well being. 

There is not any one-size matches all strategy to advocacy messaging and media. Whereas storytelling could be a highly effective instrument for partaking the general public, it would not all the time transfer state legislators to motion and might even backfire. Main students carried out two research: the primary checked out communication to most people, and the second communication to state legislators. Their analysis reveals that coverage narratives—brief tales that paint a psychological image of what an issue is, who’s affected, and the way it got here to be—are notably efficient at rising assist among the many common public. Nevertheless, the identical narratives weren’t efficient at rising assist amongst state legislators. In truth, they appeared to deepen current political divides.

Discover the most effective methods to lift public will and political will round a problem. Study extra about what works with state legislators and entry a useful messaging information on storytelling for social change!


In regards to the Creator

Najaf Ahmad, senior managing editor, highlights tales and views on how the Basis is advancing well being fairness in communities throughout the nation.