Ferguson: America’s Arab Spring

Social Media and the Civil Rights Movement

ferguson-special-reportThe Ferguson Special Report features stories that highlight the impact following the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, nearly 2 years ago. The report portrays the role that history, social media, and reform have played in our region. Ultimately, it “tells the story of how the unprecedented outpouring of social media dominated the Ferguson narrative and organized activists into a new civil rights movement and new reform efforts.”

For the Sake of All is featured in the “Reformers” section and highlights the For the Sake of All 2014 report which “tied health disparities to social determinants such as education, quality of neighborhoods, and economic status.” The interview with Dr. Jason Purnell, For the Sake of All Project Lead, depicts a city wrought with health disparities that are rooted along racial lines. Throughout the interview, Dr. Purnell outlines strategies to help alleviate disparities such as opening school-based health clinics and institutionalizing child development accounts in the region. He also reflects on the lack of a collaborative culture that has historically prevented progress in our region.

According to Dr. Purnell, “St. Louis needs the civic infrastructure for a deliberative reform process. This is how he describes that process: Collect the data and research evidence, identify best practices used in other places, make recommendations, implement programs that use best practices, evaluate and track the data that comes out of the reform strategy and start all over again.”

To read the full remarks, click here.

To view the Ferguson Special Report click here.

Short Distances to Long Gaps in Health: Babies born just miles apart in St. Louis face up to 12 year difference in life expectancy

A North St. Louis County life expectancy map released today (August 3) by researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) illustrates that opportunities to lead a long and healthy life can vary dramatically by neighborhood. If you travel less than 11 miles north from Jennings to Old Jamestown, life expectancy can differ by as much as 12 years. View the map one-pager here.

VCU identified For the Sake of All as one of four organizational efforts underway in St. Louis to address the many factors that shape health and contribute to life expectancy. Click here to download the For the Sake of All Discussion Guide & Action Toolkit on Investing in quality neighborhoods for all in St. Louis. These brief and accessible publications will give you:

  • A background on the history and impact of segregation in St. Louis
  • Evidence-based strategies for promoting healthy neighborhoods
  • Discussion questions you can use when talking with your friends and colleagues about creating quality neighborhoods
  • Action steps you can take to educate yourself, get involved, and advocate for healthy neighborhoods for all