Part 1: Inspired by Health Equity
On November 8, 2016, voters in four US cities approved soda taxes – San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, and Boulder, Colorado. These communities joined Berkeley, whose voters approved a tax in 2014, and Philadelphia (in June 2016). Cook County, Illinois (including Chicago) followed, on November 10, 2016.
This Grassroots Change interview series delves into three related aspects of grassroots movement building. The first looks at how social and health equity motivated supporters of the Boulder soda tax, and features Jorge De Santiago and Elena Aranda of AMISTAD, a nonprofit promoting health and human rights for Boulder’s Latinx community.
In the coming weeks, Grassroots Change will post the second installment, featuring lessons in coalition building and local policy making from Angelique Espinoza, the Healthy Boulder Kids’ Campaign Manager. The third installment will examine the soda industry’s legal challenges during the campaign, with Hillary Jorgensen, JD, Director of Policy Change at Healthier Colorado.
The newly published Prevention Diaries, by Larry Cohen, provides a compelling and personal story about the art and science of prevention. Cohen served on the front lines of the prevention movement in public health, first with the Contra Costa County, California Health Department and then as founder and director of the Prevention Institute. Cohen is pioneer of “environmental prevention,” the need to change physical and social environments to protect community health and safety. His work has addressed violence, food systems, healthcare, injury prevention, health equity, and the built environment.
Learn more about Prevention Diaries and purchase here.