August 28, 2014

Justice and Healing

Which images will history capture? Top and bottom left:  August 2014 in Ferguson, MO a peaceful, interracial and interracial candlelight vigil.  Photo by Stephanie Troutman; hashtag #HealSTL. Top and bottom right:  Members of the 1961 Washington Freedom Riders Committee en route from New York City; 1960 Greensboro Lunch Sit-in at the F.W. Woolworth luncheon counter.  source:  Library of Congress

This was the culture
from which I sprang
This was the terror
from which I fled.

—Richard Wright, Black Boy

On the eve of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, scholar, poet and NAACP co-founder W.E.B. DuBois died while he was living in Accra, Ghana.  DuBois had a remarkably long auspicious life.  His seminal work The Souls of Black Folks lives on to inform diaspora mindsets. We live in a time where questions of double-consciousness and the veil continue to be as relevant as the problem of the color line.

New crossroads have emerged where a growing diversity meets increasing inequality over a deeply rooted historical landscape of injustice.   In bearing witness to an unfolding stream of injustice across America this is an undeniable time in our nation.  We are reminded that while much has been accomplished through the Civil Rights era there remains more work ahead for justice and healing in America.

In Ferguson, Michael Brown was laid earlier this week leaving his family, community and a nation to mourn with unanswered questions about our live. A work for justice continues with physical and emotional costs that require a new sustainable, collective strength and resilience enabling forces that can shed light in the darkest of places of our hearts and minds.  

Here are a few suggestions to remain healthier and strong for the days ahead: 
  •  Schedule personal time for physical, meditation and/or faith practices.  Healthier nutritional practices can make difference.  Drink water throughout the day.  Get enough sleep.

I have always believed that exercise is the key not only to physical health, but to peace of mind.
                                                       —Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
  • Reflect. Take a look in your mirror. Reflection is an informative process that helps establish authenticity.
  • Read beyond the pages of social media. Use poetry, essays, stories and books to open your consciousness, critical thought are necessary for growth and development. 
  •  Take on creative experiences with art, music, dance and other forms work for good on the heart and mind.  
  •  Talk with family and friends about your views with respect, but let your voice be heard. Informed differences in opinions and ideas can improve understanding if we are open.  Ask questions. 
Whatever you do let light and truth be your guide for justice.   Share your insight.

June 25, 2014

SOCAP Health Market

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age...shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.  —World Health Organization (Rio Declaration, 2012)

Over the next few days SOCAP Health will consider the potential of the annual $2.7 trillion U.S. healthcare market for healthier communities.  Healthcare is built on a patchwork of systems driven by illness and disease in clinical health care. Health is more than an absences of disease. For health we must consider physical, mental as well as social well-being. 

Across our nation there is evidence of a health disadvantage. "Shorter Lives, Poorer Health" a report by the The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council recognizes significant shortfalls in improving life expectancy and health.  

SOCAP has joined forces with The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, The New York Academy of Medicine and the Build Healthy Places Network to convene an in-depth conversation about what creates health in our society, and where entrepreneurial and funding/investing opportunities exist.  A systems approach to the social determinants of health opens up entrepreneurial opportunities and new investment frameworks that can drastically reduce healthcare costs and improve lives.  This conversation will explore frameworks and look holistically at health systems, social systems and solutions that generate wellbeing in communities. See how incentives can be better aligned to drive outcomes through case studies of organizations that are leading the field and creating the outcomes we seek.

You can follow and join the conversation as the Centers for Disease Control hosts a livestream broadcast. Use social media hashtag #SOCAP


As you watch and listen consider the following:
  • In cross sector efforts definitions and terms are important.  For example: 
    • CDC: community development corporation (#commdev); the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    • Social Impact Bond (SIB): while a bond is a debt financing tool between investors and borrowers, a social impact bond is a contractual commitment and investment aimed to yield social outcomes with public sector savings. 
    • Social capital means social networks have value. 

  • Often unheard, the most vulnerable populations and communities should be stakeholders in these efforts.
  • New partners and partnership matter more than ever including health care, public health, business, philanthropy and government moving at scale to shape healthier communities. 
Looking forward to a better future for health.

Katherine Ellington


support innovations and investments that build healthy communities.
  • Learn how current health and social service systems are promoting innovative solutions to improving health in low-income communities
  • Meet entrepreuneurs and policymakers working at the intersection of finance and health
  • Hear from organizations whose investments are generating economic gains and improvements in health and well-being
SOCAP is an organization and an event series that connects leading global innovators—investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs—with opportunities to direct the power and efficiency of market systems towards social impact.
SOCAP has joined forces with The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, The New York Academy of Medicine, and the National Partnership for Community Development & Health to convene an in-depth conversation about what creates health and where entrepreneurial and funding/investing opportunities exist to build healthy communities.
Now in its second year, SOCAP Health will bring together leaders in finance, policy, health systems, community development, philanthropy, and impact investing to work together to create a new market that values health beyond traditional health care. We need to explore how to leverage capital from all sectors to support promising investment opportunities in programs that can create the conditions critical to improving health in communities through economic development, food security, built and natural environments, education and transportation, and building community resilience.
It is important that the broader health care, public health, and health policy communities join these conversations and help shape their outcomes—please join us for this exciting event.
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