Keep current on Health Equity Works news and projects, current research, and meaningful media coverage in the fields of health equity and opportunity.

A shiny bite of hope: Partners celebrate a new health center at Normandy High School

For the Sake of All doesn’t usually get the time to truly celebrate the positive work happening among our partners in the St. Louis region to solve health inequity. But the morning of Thursday, Aug. 31st was a tremendous exception. Nearly 100 people attended a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the recent opening of Affinia Healthcare at Normandy High […]

Investing in our children’s futures: hope grows for Child Development Accounts

Research from the Center for Social Development at Washington University suggests nine out of ten parents aspire for their children to go to college regardless of their income, their ethnicity, or where they live. Ask Charlene Jackson of St. Louis. She firmly believes college will one day happen for her two young grandchildren, despite her […]

Two new and notable books on wealth inequality

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City 1st Edition by Matthew Desmond available at Amazon.com WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION From Amazon.com: In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and […]

SLPD article on STL city-county divide, by Tony Messenger

Tony Messenger's April 13, 2017 article, Messenger: Redraw the boundaries so that St. Louis can go all in, addresses the divide between the city and county in St. Louis. Messenger references research outlined in the 2014 For the Sake of All report underscoring the gaps in health outcomes and life expectancy between rich and poor and African American and white […]

Asset Funders Network releases new brief on wealth and health

On February 28, 2017, the Asset Funders Network released a new brief on the relationship between wealth and health, The Health and Wealth Connection: Opportunities for Investment Across the Life Course, with authors Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH and Anjum Hajat, PhD, MPH. This release demonstrates that funders have an opportunity to bridge interests and cross […]

Harvard class designs solutions for housing segregation in St. Louis

A recent St. Louis on the Air broadcast and article by Kelly Moffitt of St. Louis Public Radio highlights Harvard professor Daniel D’Oca’s urban planning and design project in which students created accessible solutions to address fair housing and urban segregation in the City of St. Louis. Led by Professor D’Oca, graduate students at the Harvard University School of Design studied the history […]

Commentary by Herb Kuhn, President & CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association

  Herb Kuhn's February 2, 2017 commentary in the St. Louis Business Journal, Addressing childhood trauma to improve quality of life, discusses the importance of identifying both home- and community-based risks for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The damage caused by childhood abuse and neglect or toxic stress can affect physical and emotional health throughout one's life and can even result in early mortality. Kuhn's commentary […]

Project Director Receives Regional Awards

Jason Q. Purnell, Principal Investigator and Project Director for For the Sake of All, received two notable honors in the latter part of 2016. On December 29, the St. Louis American named Dr. Purnell the 2016 “Person of the Year,” noting: “It is better that we do what For the Sake of All is trying […]

Blog Post by Dedrick Asante-Muhammad & Jason Purnell

  A recent blog post by Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Director of CFED’s Racial Wealth Divide Initiative and Host of the Race and Wealth podcast, and Jason Purnell, Assistant Professor at Washington University’s Brown School, was published in November in The St. Louis American and The Huffington Post. The post discusses the persistent and pervasive problem of […]

SLPD article on premature infant death in STL, by Nancy Cambria

Nancy Cambria's December 6, 2016 article, Too many babies are dying in St. Louis and one group is taking a stand, addresses disturbing racial trends in infant mortality in St. Louis. According to a recent study commissioned by Generate Health (formerly the Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition), "African-American babies are three times as likely to die […]