Health Justice

Join the 2019 Faith and Spiritual Affairs Health Justice Conference!

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Building a Movement Toward Community Health, Healing and Justice

The 2019 Faith and Spiritual Affairs / Health Justice Conference will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 and co-hosted by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. The goal of this conference is to creatively build a movement for health justice in Philadelphia, highlighting the intersections of mental, physical, spiritual and community health. 

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What is Health Justice PHL?

Health Justice PHL is a coalition of community leaders in collaboration with Get Healthy Philly to advance the movement of Health Justice in Philadelphia.

How to Get Involved:

As Dr. Janice Johnson-Dias said in closing out the 2018 Health Justice summit, the “I” comes out of the “we” and it takes a coalition to ripple a system. The Health Justice Summit was just the start of our collective action, so if this idea interests you, and you want to play a leadership role in moving health justice forward in Philadelphia, please contact

Next Meeting Date:

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Location: TBD


2018 Health Justice Summit

Health justice is the idea that everyone should be able to live a long, happy and healthy life, regardless of race, ability or zip code.

On a Saturday morning in mid-March, nearly 250 people came together from local community, organizations, government, businesses, and universities in the name of health justice. The half-day event featured panels, presentations and discussions on different ways people are working towards health justice in the city – from the ways that physical activity and joyful movement are being used to improve health while overcoming stress and trauma, to how policy is being used to change the community landscape for better access to healthy foods.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, opens the summit with some ways that we can improve community health and make health justice possible by changing unhealthy environments.

The audience gets up and moving during the presentations with built-in movement breaks throughout the summit.

Philly Cam captures stories of health, resiliency and transformation at the summit.

Dr. Janice Johnson Dias presents on how systemic racism can be a barrier to health justice for all.

Another photo of Dr. Johnson Dias during her talk.

Dr. Sade Anderson presents on ways we can improve nutrition, health and food security at an individual and community level.

Summit organizer, Leslie Marant, poses with Ms. Dorothy who heard about the summit on the radio.

Dwayne Wharton of The Food Trust talks on a panel about Philly’s continued work in food policy.

Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority snap a pic with keynote speaker, Dr. Giridhar Mallya of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Get Healthy Philly staff.

Get Healthy Philly staff and volunteers are all smiles after the summit ends. It was an informative and uplifting morning, indeed.

A summit attendee poses for a pic. See what others shared on social media via hashtag: #HealthJusticePHL and #WellnessCantWait

Check out even more photos from the summit.