Opinion: Cancer disparities are shrinking, but the work of health equity is just getting started

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By Niasha Fray, MA, MSPH As I read reports that the disparities in cancer incidence and survival between African-Americans and whites are shrinking, I find myself encouraged, but also thinking about a patient I worked with a few years ago as a medication adherence counselor. This well-educated, successful African-American woman gave up her career to take care of her aging … Read More

Food justice for all: The case for equitable food-oriented development

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By Kharmika Alston, MPPReposted from the Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center For some Americans, getting nutritious, fresh food is pretty easy and not something to think too much about. For others, it’s a day-to-day struggle. The underlying cause for why this happens is not a matter of personal motivation, or not understanding what it takes to be healthy. These … Read More

What we learned from listening sessions with Durham’s Latino community

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Last year, the Healthy Durham 20/20 Community Engagement Team held four community listening sessions to learn about the unique lived experiences and health needs of people in Durham. Two of those sessions focused on the Latino community and their perspectives on healthcare, housing, and food issues. Housing The first point of concern was related to the poor quality of housing … Read More