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Author Archives: Dr. Tony Iton

Young people lead the way in Fresno BHC’s effort to improve local parks

For far too long, our poorest residents have had their futures decided by a limited number of people who have held power in our communities. But since 2010, our Building Healthy Communities effort has demonstrated countless times that empowering residents to get involved in the decisions impacting their lives, not only changes the odds, but […]

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How to Rebuild California’s Social Compact

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The Problem with Healthcare in America

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Health is an Investment, Not a Cost

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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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“TELL ME YOUR ZIP CODE AND I WILL TELL YOU HOW LONG YOU WILL LIVE”

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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