Health Justice Summit 2018

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

As Dr Janice said in closing out Saturday’s 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 be on the look-out for more to come. If this idea interests you, and you might want to play a leadership role in moving health justice forward in Philadelphia, please


Check out even more photos from the summit.

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