Guiding Questions and Helpful Resources- Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity

The following questions are meant to stimulate thought and creativity. Submitted artwork does not necessarily need to be responsive to any one of these questions.

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  • What are some things in our everyday life that help us be happy, safe, and healthy?
  • If you were the leader of your town, how would you make sure that everyone is healthy, safe, and happy?
  • How do things like cars, buses, and trains play a role in your life? For example, how do you get to school or visit friends?
  • What about your school? How have your teachers helped you be happy and healthy and feel safe?
  • After viewing your artwork, what do you hope people will feel?


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  • If you were the leader of your town, how would you make sure that everyone is healthy, safe, and happy?
  • What makes your neighborhood healthy, safe, and happy?
  • How do the social determinants of health (transportation, education, housing, the environment, etc.) affect your health?
  • What are some ways in which your community ensures everyone has an equal chance at living the healthiest life possible?


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  • If you were the leader of your town, how would you make sure that everyone is healthy, safe, and happy?
  • How does addressing the social determinants of health contribute to a healthier community?
  • What do healthy communities look like?
  • How does your community address the social determinants of health?
  • After viewing your artwork, what do you hope people will think and feel?


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  • If you were the leader of your town, how would you make sure that everyone is healthy, safe and happy?
  • What do healthy communities look like?
  • How do the social determinants of health play a role in shaping your life and the lives of those closest to you?
  • What does health equity look, sound, and feel like to you?
  • How would you ensure that people in tough life circumstances come to have as good a chance as others do in achieving good health and happiness over time?
  • How can we help communities truly come together so that people promote each other’s well-being and not just their own?
  • How does health equity contribute to healthier communities?
  • What kind of dialogue do you hope your art evokes? What about emotions?



Looking for inspiration? Check out the 2017 art show Visualize Health Equity!

Lunch by Lora Durr

Cole Blue, Full of Valor by Mia Keeys and Brittney Washington

Chasing Sunshine by Stephanie Kohli

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Community Documentaries

Communities Driving Health Equity

We are proud to present the stories of these three diverse communities that face complex, pervasive challenges but are all making progress in advancing health equity.

While every community must develop an approach suited to its own unique needs, our hope is that in sharing these stories, communities facing similar challenges might be inspired and informed to build solutions that are right for them.

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Photo cred: DC Central Kitchen

Community Health Heroes

How individuals and groups are pursuing health and health equity across the nation.

Inspired by the 2017 National Academies report Communities in Actionthis series highlights individuals or groups who are working to advance health and health equity in communities across the nation. The series features preventive strategies and programs that are conceived and implemented at the local level and focus on a range of factors that contribute to health, like education, employment, health systems and services, housing, income and wealth, the physical environment, public safety, the social environment, and transportation. Interviewees describe challenges, success stories, and lessons about what has worked for their organizations and communities. The purpose of the series is to share information, support networking, and spark new ideas.

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Health Equity Hub and Communities in Action Report

A Report from the National Academies 

Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity is the first in a series of consensus reports to emerge from the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program. The Health Equity Hub includes additional report resources including sector briefs and an interactive conceptual model of the social determinants of health.

Browse the Health Equity Hub >>

Root Causes of Health Inequity

Health equity  is when everyone has the opportunity to attain full health potential. Health inequities stem from structural inequities, the systemic disadvantage of one social group compared to other groups. Structural inequities are deeply embedded in the fabric of society, encompassing policy, law, governance, and culture.

Health inequities are in large part a result of historic and ongoing poverty, structural racism, and discrimination. Yet these inequities can be mitigated by policies and community action in powerful ways. This document explores where health inequity comes from, why it persists, and what we can to do promote health equity. Learn more >>

Health Equity: Why It Matters and How to Take Action

Why health equity matters and what you can do to help ensure we all have the basics to be as healthy as possible. 

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this resource provides an overview of how health equity is defined and provides additional examples of communities across the nation working every day to build health equity and improve health outcomes for all. 




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