June 24, 2016

A Real Chance at Health Equity

“What happens when a barber, a professor and an entrepreneur walk into a room? I’m thinking a real chance at equity will walk out.” 

These words are from Dr. Paul Terry, president and CEO of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), in his recent article in Managed Care, A Barber, a Professor, and an Entrepreneur Walk into a Room: Health Equity and the Strength of Weak Ties.  He was writing about his experience at the “Lincoln Cottage Assembly” on May 11, 2016, a gathering of 35 leaders across sectors who came together to address the need to give every child a chance at a healthy life.  Among these leaders were M-CHE Director Stephen Thomas, along with barbershop owner and participant in our HAIR CRC project, Fred Spry, and entrepreneur and business leader Rachel Chong.  Together, Terry notes, these three can work together to transform the small-scale HAIR program into something larger and more sustainable.

This assembly served as the launch of the Health Equity and Prosperity project, and will be followed by a larger convention—one where hundreds of leaders will come together on August 4-5 at the University of Maryland, College Park to, according to a May 25 news release from the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), “develop strategies for systems change and devise action plans for activating health equity networks in specific action areas, such as interrupting the incarceration rate, undoing neighborhood poverty concentrations and neutralizing racism.”

The IAF is a nonprofit research and educational organization that helps communities and organizations more wisely understand and create the futures they prefer, and is leading the Health Equity and Prosperity project under the direction of IAF’s President and Senior Futurist Jonathan Peck.

See photos from the event here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lucille214/sets/72157668011612312

Funding for this project come from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Related Links

A Barber, a Professor, and an Entrepreneur Walk into a Room: Health Equity and the Strength of Weak Ties

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Stephen B. Thomas