Bipartisan policy makers have signaled an interest in investing in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. With Congress potentially passing a $1trillion infrastructure legislative package this year, such an investment offers an opportunity to improve the social determinants of health (e.g., employment, housing, transportation, income) and quality of life for underserved families communities. If well-crafted, an infrastructure plan could be a jobs plan, a vital tool for economic development and an avenue for making enhancements to the built environment that can support healthy and thriving families and communities across our nation. During this strategy discussion, we will explore the tools and policy mechanisms that can be used to address health and economic disparities and identify strategies to ensure equity is built into infrastructure legislation.
- Identify what’s at stake for underserved communities and how infrastructure investments can improve the social determinants of health (e.g., employment, housing, transportation, income) for disadvantaged families and communities
- Explore the strengths and limitations of racial and health impact assessment tools that can be used by governmental agencies at the local, state and/or federal level to ensure underserved populations and communities benefit through jobs, community development, and improvements in the natural and built environment
- Identify preliminary recommendations for how policymakers can ensure equity-centered provisions are included in infrastructure legislation
- Kalima Rose, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, PolicyLink
- Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Assistant Director, Policy, Aspen Institute
- Sara Satinsky, Project Director, Human Impact Partners
- Guillermo Mayer, President & CEO, Public Advocates