Hypertension, Race, and Ethnicity: Decreasing the Disparities

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common disease that can damage the heart and cause serious health problems. In the U.S., non-Hispanic Black individuals have significantly higher rates of hypertension compared to other groups. But why the disparity? Learn about the implications and systemic root causes of racial and ethnic disparities in blood pressure, delve into strategies for advancing equity at the community level and at scale, and explore newly curated resources on this important topic.


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New Topic: Respiratory Diseases

Respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), affect millions of people in the U.S. each year. More than 25 million (1 in 13) Americans have asthma, and death rate for COPD has doubled since 1969, even as the death rates for other chronic conditions have declined. Learn more about respiratory diseases and explore dozens of newly curated resources on this emerging Community Commons topic.


Shared Stewardship: Who Is Willing To Invest In People And Places With The Most To Gain?

Stewards are people and organizations that work with others to create conditions that everyone needs to thrive, beginning with those who are struggling and suffering. Stewards work for system change through partnerships and invest equitably. Learn more about ways to strengthen shared stewardship in systems, organizations, industries, and as individuals.


July Is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as BIPOC Mental Health Month. This year's theme, Beyond the Numbers, lifts up the rich histories, cultural strengths, and mental health skills of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. While there are deep disparities shown by mental health data, there are also many stories of resilience born out of oppression, persecution, and abuse, and immeasurable strength in each of these cultures.


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How White Backlash Controls America's Progress

This article explores the concept and history of white "backlash dynamics", which the author argues are holding the United States back from making social progress across a number of issues, like mitigating COVID-19, and addressing systemic racism. Learn more about how white opposition to pushes for equality and justice has shaped modern politics and society as we know it.


Centering Equity to Address Extreme Heat

July is Heat Safety Month, and as millions in the U.S. and abroad face warnings and heat advisories this week, we're sharing a recently-released report from the Urban Institute. The report shares three overarching workstreams local governments can take to address extreme heat and offers recommendations on how to advance equity in each workstream.


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Models of Tribal Promising Practices: Tribal Opioid Overdose Prevention Care Coordination and Data Systems

This brief features four models of Tribal Promising Practices for addressing and preventing opioid misuse. This includes removing barriers to prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities through culturally-relevant, comprehensive, and holistic approaches led by tribes and supported by access to data, funding, and resources.


Health Equity Tracker: 1-Year Update

Data we collect can be imperfect and, at times, even worsen health inequities many people face, if not reported or analyzed correctly. Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Equity Tracker was created in 2020 to aggregate up-to-date demographic data from the communities hardest-hit by COVID-19. The site aims to give a detailed view of health outcomes by race, ethnicity, gender, and other critical factors.


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Counting All in Our Communities: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data


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