The fact that gentrification can make residents of displaced communities less healthy is not an inevitable effect of neutral market forces, but a fundamental injustice. A new report provides specific policy recommendations that can either prevent displacement or halt its progress.
President Obama could use his executive powers to promote rehabilitation instead of prison, and stop the record numbers of arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants.
Imagine if Caltrans became the California Department of Healthy and Equitable Transportation – if its mission were transformed to responsibility not only for getting people from place to place, but doing so in a way that promoted their health and well-being.
President Obama's call for an increase in the federal minimum wage should be welcome news for public health practitioners. Income is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and disease.