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05 Apr: Health Disparities and Opportunities: Understanding the Landscape East of the Anacostia River

East of the Anacostia River, disparities persist: historic segregation, economic inequality, and limited healthcare access. With a median household income of $30,000 for a family of four—far below the city and national averages—residents face significant challenges. Efforts like the Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center aim to bridge the gap, offering hope for a more equitable future. By empowering residents and addressing root causes, we aim to create a Washington, D.C., where all thrive, regardless of zip code.

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04 Mar: Unveiling Disparities: An In-Depth Exploration of Women’s Healthcare Inequities

Despite historical progress, healthcare and economic challenges persist East of the River, gravely impacting Black women who reside in Wards 7 and 8 communities. Recognizing the urgency is the first step to uncovering patterns that display systemic issues. We believe that every individual deserves the chance to thrive, regardless of socioeconomic status, and that collective action is of utmost importance today.


08 Feb: Why is D.C.’s Healthcare Sector So Inequitable?

In collaboration with D.C. Health, a Mayoral Task Force invited JBRF to delve into the longstanding systemic challenges affecting healthcare workforce development in Washington, D.C. What emerged in the form of a report were key stressors and strategic recommendations to enhance healthcare accessibility, reduce unemployment, and empower underrepresented populations, particularly focusing on improving opportunities for Black women in the healthcare sector.


06 Feb: The problem of inequity in D.C.’s healthcare workforce

Revealing the complex challenges of inequity in Washington, D.C.’s healthcare workforce, this narrative delves into the unique perspective of the Mayor’s Healthcare Task Force. Uncovering historical barriers, implicit biases, and the subtle intricacies of structural unemployment, readers are invited to unravel the nuanced issues hindering genuine equity in healthcare employment and outcomes in the nation’s capital.

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07 Nov: Empowering Black Women East of the River: Overcoming Economic Barriers

Black women experience cancer at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts, and the economic disparities are glaring. Closely working with the community using a trust-based philanthropy model uncovered the relationship between physical and economic health. How can we, in philanthropy, prevent Black women from getting caught in a vicious cycle of poor financial and physical health?