Promise Zones: Rebuilding Communities for Health Equity

Webinar: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM EST
A child’s zip code should never determine his or her destiny; but today, the neighborhood he or she grows up in impacts his or her odds of graduating high school, health outcomes, and lifetime economic opportunities. Since 2009, the President has provided proven tools to combat poverty, investing more than $350 million in 100 of the nation’s persistent pockets of poverty.

Building on those efforts is the Promise Zones initiative where the federal government will partner with and invest in communities to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and improve public safety. The Obama Administration will designate 20 communities over the next four years – including five this year – with an intensive and layered approach to revitalizing communities.

In this Web Forum, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and PolicyLink will discuss their partnership on raising public awareness about this promising new initiative, in addition to laying the framework on how community revitalization can promote health equity.

On this Web Forum, we will:

  • Inform communities and stakeholder organizations across the country about the Administration’s Promise Zones initiative to increase knowledge of and support for the initiative;
  • Help frame this work within the larger health equity movement; and
  • Explain why PolicyLink and Joint Center are involved in this effort
Judith Bell, MPA

Brian D. Smedley, PhD
Vice President and Director
Health Policy Institute
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD
Program Director
Health Policy Institute
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Luke Tate
Senior Policy Advisor
White House Domestic Policy Council

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