Public Health Awakened: Organizing for health, equity, and justice

BMSG is proud to be a part of Public Health Awakened, a group of public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice. Public Health Awakened works with social justice movements on strategic and collective action to create a world in which everyone can thrive and to resist the threats facing communities of color and low-income communities. The Public Health Awakened Network includes more than 1,200 members in 44 states and works to:

  1. create a more explicit social justice identify for public health professionals;
  2. shift the public debate by lifting up the collective voice of public health; and
  3. build a community of social justice oriented public health professionals. 

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As part of our work with Public Health Awakened, we are taking action to shift how we talk about taxes in relation to health and equity. This includes creating tools and resources that help all of us elevate a transformative message that taxes are a critical part of healthy communities.

Related resources

Transforming the narrative on taxes

Fact sheet: Tax policies impact health

Taxes and health equity: Letter to the editor tips

Letters to the editor: A useful tool in today's media environment?

#TaxesMakeHealthHappen: A Facebook Live conversation between BMSG Director Lori Dorfman and Dr. Tony Iton, senior vice president for healthy communities at The California Endowment, on creating a narrative makes clear the link between taxes and health. View the video recap or check out highlights on Twitter.

News clips

To coincide with Tax Day, in 2018, several members of Public Health Awakened got letters to the editor published or produced blogs that framed taxes as a way to strengthen community health. 

Letter: Invest in improving the community
by Sari Bilick. Appeared in the East Bay Express.

Letter: Re: "State's tool targeting tax scofflaws OKd"
By Jonathan Heller. Appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.

#TaxesMakeHealthHappen: Maintaining Illinois' population? Let's talk about fair taxes!
By Tiffany N. Ford and Wesley Epplin. Appeared in Health & Medicine Policy Research Group.

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