Growing the Culture of Civic Leadership for the Environment and Health Equity
Civic empowerment enables residents to inform policies that create the conditions for health, and it is necessary to cultivate a thriving, multicultural democracy. Yet, communities that experience health inequities such residents of lower incomes and people of color are underrepresented in policy decision-making processes. Their voices have historically been marginalized and intentional culturally-informed efforts need to be in place to support the authentic leadership and engagement of all our communities. Having their voices inform decisions that will impact their community health is key to advancing health equity and supports improved sense of social connection and mental health.