With the goal of reducing health disparities related to race, gender, geography, and income, the Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity (ARCHE) initiative will work to advance strategies that address the social determinants of health while building a culture that supports healthier kids and communities. To that end, the initiative will have two main components — a Health Equity Design Lab that brings together RWJF staff, health researchers, practitioners, and community stakeholders to develop strategies and solutions that can drive change; and a Culture of Health Institute for Leadership Development that will build health equity capacity and leadership in the public health field through trainings, an online resource center, and online and in-person conversations featuring experts.
"Health is often overlooked as a key indicator of socioeconomic inequality," said Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of CGPS. "At the same time, many fail to understand how education, employment, and civic engagement affect health outcomes. The ARCHE initiative will underscore that connection for policy makers, community and business leaders, health practitioners, and families who face inequities in health every day."