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Social justice – and the belief that everyone deserves access to basic health care and an enabling environment to live healthier lives – is at the heart of what we do at CCP.
Some populations bear a disproportionate burden of disease and mortality based on race, gender, place, and other factors. Correcting this imbalance means helping health systems become more responsive to the needs of the people they serve. It’s also about working with governments to shape where and how investments in healthcare are made. And our work always considers the many deeply rooted social determinants of health that prevent individuals and communities from reaching their full potential.
We amplify the voices of those who have historically been marginalized by understanding the inequities they face – and finding solutions to tip the scales back in their favor.
Persistent and widely accepted depictions of Black fathers in culture and media falsely assert that Black fathers are dysfunctional and absent from their children’s lives. These negative depictions impact how society views Black fathers and also the way Black fathers feel about their ability to be good fathers. How do we disrupt these deeply ingrained, false and damaging beliefs?
CCP is applying anti-racist principles to reject those depictions of Black fathers by including positive images and stories of Baltimore City residents as part of its B’more for Healthy Babies project. For example, a recent video chronicles the health education efforts of local barber, Quant’e Boulware. The video depicts young Black fathers supporting each other and discussing topics such as literacy, breastfeeding and positive parenting. Such efforts seek to redefine and challenge narratives of Black fatherhood to achieve social justice through greater health equity.
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