Why Place and Race Matter — Now in Spanish

Engaged Institutions

Advocates in California’s Central Valley are targeting resources from the state’s Safe Routes to School program—paid for with federal transportation funds—to low-income communities. In the past, resources for this program have been more focused in higher-income communities across California. Advocates are seeking resources for low-income areas, both urban and rural, that lack sidewalks and other physical infrastructure to make walking or biking to school a safe alternative to driving as well as a viable alternative to increase physical activity and reduce obesity.

Such cross-boundary innovations are evident in a growing movement known as “engaged institutions.” Organizations of all sorts—from street-level service providers to K-12 schools to world-class universities—are increasingly recognizing they are part of the fabric of a community, and they are stepping up to the task of making it a healthy place for all.

  • Excerpt from Why Place & Race Matter written by Judith Bell and Mary M. Lee of PolicyLink and funded by The California Endowment.
  • Available for free download in English or Spanish.

 

Consider:

Are there “engaged institutions” in your community?

Who are they and what are they doing to make places healthy for all people?

What can citizen advocates do to help?

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