HOW NEIGHBORHOODS MAKE US SICK

Restoring Health and Wellness to Our Communities

HOW NEIGHBORHOODS MAKE US SICK

Restoring Health and Wellness to Our Communities
by Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop

Our neighborhoods are literally making us sick. If we truly want to love our neighbors, we must work to create social environments in which people can be healthy. While working in community redevelopment and treating uninsured families, Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop discovered that we can promote the health of our communities by addressing social determinants that facilitate healing in under-resourced neighborhoods.

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“The real and lived experiences of Veronica and Breanna are indicative of how where you live impacts your mental and physical health, regardless of your socioeconomic status. They are dedicated servant leaders who have a heart toward health equity and made it their purpose to immerse themselves in communities with the greatest needs.” From the foreword by Keri Norris, chief of health policy and administration at the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority“The time is right for an insightful, well-documented exposé of the pathology in poverty neighborhoods and a roadmap for the journey toward health and wholeness. How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick; is just that. Turning troubled communities around is no small challenge, the authors admit. But there are practical steps that have proven to be effective. This is essential reading for anyone engaged in service among the poor.”

Keri Norris, chief of health policy & administration, Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

“The time is right for an insightful, well-documented exposé of the pathology in poverty neighborhoods and a roadmap for the journey toward health and wholeness. How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick; is just that. Turning troubled communities around is no small challenge, the authors admit. But there are practical steps that have proven to be effective. This is essential reading for anyone engaged in service among the poor.”

Bob Lupton, community developer, author of Toxic Charity

We do not have all the answers but join us in seeking them. Our hope is that this site can help illuminate the impact of social determinants of health and offer examples of initiatives that promote health equity. Most of all, we want to create a conversation around these issues. Share your thoughts, your research, your experience, and your ideas. Let’s ask hard questions, share successes, and make #healthyneighborhoods. - Veronica & Breanna

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