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Author Archives: Dr. Tony Iton

Here’s How Voting Can Improve Your Health

It has been said that a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. By that standard, we really do need to make America great again. Our national leadership has launched a direct attack on our most vulnerable residents – not just in harsh rhetoric, but in policies that have hurt children, […]

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Rebuilding our social compact will make us all healthier

For too long we’ve tried to solve the economic and social divisions in our communities by attacking the problems as individual challenges. These well-intentioned efforts have resulted in some progress, but have done little to create a sustainable community structure to give everyone a fair chance to pursue the American dream. The challenge is that […]

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As a young medical student, I began noticing the correlation between healthy residents and their socio-economic status. It quickly became clear that your zip code impacted your health more than your genetic factors. There can be as much as a 25-year difference in life expectancy between neighborhoods 1.5 miles away from each other. When I […]

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#WeAreBHC – Building Healthy Communities Convening (June 6-7, 2017)

This year the Building Healthy Communities 14 sites held their annual convening in Sacramento.  In the days of the convening they were able to showcase the powerful and sustaining work of BHC to California Decision makers.

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A Tale of Two Zip Codes – Spanish

Cuando se trata de nuestra salud, nuestro código postal importa más que nuestro código genético.Para muchas comunidades en California y en los Estados Unidos, el acceso facil a opciones de comida saludable, parques de ejercicio, y las buenas escuelas determinan la calidad y duración de vida. La iniciativa de construyendo comunidades sanas fundada por The […]

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How Racism is Killing White Americans

Author: Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. Date: Monday, Dec 05, 2017 Originally published at Daily Kos   The most interesting thing about the Trump phenomenon is not Donald Trump, it is his mostly white poorly educated working class constituency and the real pain they are experiencing in […]

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An Epidemic of White Death: A Canary in the Coal Mine?

According to preliminary data from an ongoing new health study, reducing access to health care or weakening the health care safety net could have severe consequences for the Central San Joaquin Valley of California. This is a region that already suffers from high unemployment, deep poverty and skyrocketing drug use…and surprisingly, the white population may […]

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Drivers of Change

THE HOW OF BHC Big institutions like government make the rules and rules matter. That’s why Building Healthy Communities is building the power and collaborative partnerships necessary to change the rules. Building Healthy Communities depends on an inclusive, healthy, democratic process. We are committed to nurturing civically engaged communities with the skills and relationships necessary to […]

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Site Happenings: Eastern Coachella Valley

The Hub Includes Everyone The BHC Eastern Coachella Valley initiative works across all systems that impact community health – schools, human services, economic development, transportation, and land use. There is a way out of the health crisis, but it’s going to take everyone to demand more from leaders, from their communities, and from themselves. BHC […]

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Framework for Health Equity

Health Happens when all of us matter. Building Healthy Communities partners are changing the odds so that every Californian gets a chance at a long, healthy life by addressing the causes of poor health. When people think of health, they often think of doctor’s offices and vitamins, not power and place.  The truth is, health […]

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