2015 Health Briefing – Araceli Gutiérrez
"Investing in Health to Achieve Equity: Integrating a Health in All Policies (HiAP) Framework to Advance the Promise Zone Agenda"
Moderated by CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Araceli Gutiérrez
Nearly 50 years after former President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty, President Obama unveiled his anti-poverty Promise Zone Initiative aimed at alleviating poverty and income inequality in the United States. Promise Zones aim to revitalize high poverty communities across the nation, working with local leaders to create jobs, increase private investment, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. Promise Zone-designated areas represent an opportunity to leverage the initiative’s systemic and cooperative multi-sector framework to integrate a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach in mitigating poverty among vulnerable populations. It is therefore imperative that Congress amend legislation to include a HiAP framework in place-based initiatives; only then can viable upstream interventions be developed to promote equitable health outcomes for a diversifying U.S. population. This briefing will focus on the ways in which structural barriers to opportunity perpetuate multi-generational poverty and adverse health outcomes among women, racial and ethnic minorities and why it is critical to integrate a HiAP framework in anti-poverty strategies and interventions to address the Promise Zone agenda.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Julia-Feliz Sessoms, Director, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, PepsiCo
Brian Smedley, Ph.D., Executive Director, The National Collaborative for Health Equity
Tia Taylor MPH, Program Manager, Center for Public Health Policy, American Public Health Association (APHA)
Phil Tegeler, J.D., Executive Director, The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)
The 2015 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.