The PLACE MATTERS approach to promoting racial equality

August 12, 2015

~ Important announcement from our colleagues at the National Collaborative for Health Equity ~

Please join us for a webinar to highlight the recently published report “Blueprints to Action:  Community Strategies to End Racism and Promote Racial Healing”,  a collaborative effort of the PLACE MATTERS national learning community.  PLACE MATTERS is a national initiative of the National Collaborative for Health Equity designed to build the capacity of leaders and communities around the country to identify and address the social, economic, and environmental factors that shape health and life opportunities.  

Using a place-based approach, PLACE MATTERS seeks to address community issues such as poverty concentration, residential segregation, and the inequitable distribution of health risks and resources that too often accompanies them.  In 2009, the PLACE MATTERS teams (consists of 19 teams representing 27 jurisdictions) embarked upon a process called “blueprinting” that bought together subject matter experts, communities, and other stakeholders in a problem solving process for documenting lessons, process, methods, and strategies in ways that are useful for PLACE MATTERS Team’s work in communities.  After seven years, the PLACE MATTERS community is well-positioned to share, with you, their knowledge and experiences, as well as key strategies and tactics, through this report, which can be tailored to address health inequities in other communities and jurisdictions.  


  • Webinar: PLACE MATTERS approach to promoting racial equality 
  • Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
  • 2:00-3:15pm

Speakers include: 

  • Brian Smedley, PhD, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity
  • John Capitman, PhD, Executive Director, Central Valley Health Policy Institute
  • Gregory Townsend, MPPM, Health Service Administrator
  • Paula Harris-White, JD, King County Diversity Manager


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