In this Huffington Post op-ed, Maya Rockeymoore outlines some necessary principles for improving communities and creating a culture of health.

As new efforts to build a culture of health in America take root, it will be important to uplift “Opportunity Communities” or win-win, place-based strategies that engage and support the resilience of marginalized residents by speaking to their health, economic, environmental, and educational needs as well as the viability of their neighborhoods and indigenous institutions.

Equity should be another central tenant for effectively advancing a culture of health. Challenging the distorted values and deconstructing and reconfiguring the policies and practices that shape our social and spatial hierarchies can help reverse centuries of structured disadvantage.