Boys and men of color experience poor health outcomes and shorter lifespans due in large measure to social and economic drivers of health (such as our physical environments like lack of access to healthy foods, unaffordable insurance, and daily environmental stressors).
Extensive research has shown that much of the conditions leading to premature mortality are amenable and are preventable. Often, the various solutions that are implemented to counteract these determinants of health outcomes result in incremental, rather than sustainable change.
Missing from our dialogue are the voices of the community and specifically, boys and men of color. In an effort to serve this population and our community, HDI aims to connect and support those working to address this problem.
CT Boys and Men of Color Multi-Sector Alliance
The CT Boys and Men of Color Multi-Sector Alliance, an HDI initiative, increases and coordinates investments, designs and implements innovative programs and promotes youth-led policy actions to address social drivers of health, well-being, and health equity. Alliance members include intergenerational representatives from cultural, spiritual and community organizations, along with private, public and academic sector stakeholders to guide and accelerate systems change for Boys and Men of Color.
CT Report Card on Health Equity among Boys and Men of Color
HDI has developed the first Connecticut Report Card on Health Equity among BMoC to monitor key health outcomes across nine multisector indicators of health and well-being, life expectancy and mortality rates. This report card is designed to serve as a resource for policy decision-makers, program evaluators, researchers, funders, service providers, and community members.
Visualizing Health Equity
HDI encourages the power of art to inspire and advance greater health equity among Connecticut boys and men of color. In June 2018, HDI commemorated National Men’s Health Month and launched several arts-based initiatives that include gallery events and talks, youth curriculum, art contest, a father’s day luncheon, and many others! Our next Visualizing Health Equity event is on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. More details can be found on our Visualizing Health Equity page.