Healthy Communities Task Force

By Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (other events)

Wednesday, January 31 2018 9:30 AM 12:00 PM

Many recent studies have examined the enduring effects of discriminatory housing policies like redlining and racially restrictive covenants.  A 2016 Brookings Institution report noted that although the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited discriminatory housing policies, many factors such as zoning, a lack of access to credit, and the disparate availability and impact of transportation infrastructure contribute to continued segregation today.  The same report points out that physical segregation has real costs, "especially in terms of wealth disparities, educational opportunities, concentrated poverty and neighborhood effects, with implications for well being and health."

This HCTF meeting will explore the effects of residential segregation on health.  Our featured presenter will be Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health. 

The meeting will also present a panel of local organizations working to address some of the issues around segregation and health outcomes. Panelists include Nora Lichtash, Executive Director of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, Beverly Brown Ruggia, Financial Justice Organizer with New Jersey Citizen Action, Stephanie Dorenbosch, Esq., Managing Attorney with the Nursing Legal Partnership, and Tayyib Smith, Co-Founder of Little Giant Creative.  The panel will be moderated by Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor with the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

Please join us to learn more and discuss what planners and public health professionals can do.

  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Networking/Registration/Coffee
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Program
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Networking lunch

Source: Dayna Bowen Matthew, Edward Rodrigue, and Richard V. Reeves. Time for Justice: Tackling Race Inequalities in Health and Housing, The Brookings Institution, October 19, 2016:

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