Our National Health Equity Research Webcast last Friday (see video) focused on this topic, and some of the stories and situations we learned about were searing. One participant, who had been a student here 30 years ago, said her cohort never had conversations then like the one we had Friday. Having these discussions and trying to figure out how to ensure that all children can achieve their potential is a good thing. Today, in this country, a country I love, our policies don’t reflect the value of caring for children. Our immigration policies, what’s happening to public education and so many other problems point to a callousness that is antithetical to the values of public health.
Engaging on this topic with 750 participants – in our auditorium and online, from across the U.S. and beyond – confirmed that current national policies do not represent the best of our young people, nor the aspirations of many public health and education professionals.
That’s reason for hope.
The views expressed in this blog are Barbara Rimer’s alone and do not represent the views and policies of The University of North Carolina or the Gillings School.