Health serves as one of the unifying frameworks for Urban Strategies Council, informing our work across all issue areas and anchoring our mission to eliminate persistent poverty by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities.
A long and impressive body of research literature has highlighted the profound ways in which social factors influence health. The length and quality of life for whole populations are largely determined by the extent and quality of their education, their job status and financial stability, the quality of their housing, their access to fresh and affordable foods, and the safety of their neighborhoods. We recognize the social, economic, and political processes by which good and poor health are produced, and the relationship between racial injustice and unequal distributions of health-related risks and opportunities. Across our program areas, we work to hold systems and institutions accountable for health-negating conditions in East Bay communities and to reduce the disproportionate impact that place has on the health of people of color.