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 is launching several arts-based initiatives to advance health equity in Connecticut. These events will begin in June 2018 during National Men’s Health Month. Events will include an art contest, a father’s day luncheon, a gallery night, and many others! More details can be found at: