Take Action on Health Disparities

On March 31, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure to host and coordinate a visit from Harvard Professor, Dr. David R. Williams, a leading authority on health disparities and the social inequalities of health.  We spent the day talking with different groups about the systems change that would be necessary to make a more socially just society where health is not just a “right” that we talk about, it is a tangible outcome that all people can feel in their daily lives.  We also discussed the importance of policy and the fact that, “All policy that affects health is health policy.”  It doesn’t matter if it is housing policy, or community development policy, or education policy, all of those types of policies that have an impact on health are in essence health policy.

Athena Ramos with Dr. David R. Williams, Harvard Professor and Leading Authority on the Social Inequalities of Health


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