The Baltimore PLACE MATTERS Team, a diverse collection of community organizations, public, quasi-public, and private agencies is committed to a collaborative approach toward furthering the Health Equity Movement. Through work with policymakers, public and private organizations, and local citizens, we seek to engender a new paradigm of thought that promotes health equity and the elimination of health inequities while using the framework of the Social Determinants of Health.
With a focus on education and housing as key social determinants, and through advocacy and mobilization of the public and key leadership, we seek to inform the development of all public policies that have known health impacts. We hope thereby to expand the scope of what is traditionally considered health policy to a Health in All Policy.
Using tools such as Health Impact Assessments and Racial Impact Assessments, we will enhance efforts to achieve health equity by proactively addressing underlying causes of health inequities.