The Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta I (Veronica) have been feeling kind of somber on this MLK Day. Despite the beautiful Atlanta sunshine and crisp weather, despite the flood of volunteerism pouring out across the city... there is something in the sharing of MLK’s dreams and writings today that is calling back memories from my … Continue reading On Dreaming Dreams Together
We are truly overwhelmed and grateful for all the love and support at our first book release party last night at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur! It was a wonderful night - spent with all of our favorite people - discussing how to make our neighborhoods healthier. We walked away even more encouraged that … Continue reading Book Release Party Pics
Check out Breanna's interview with Kiplyn Primus from The Local Take which aired this morning: https://www.wclk.com/post/local-take-how-neighborhoods-make-us-sick They covered it all, from the basics of social determinants of health (SDOH) to the intersection of health and politics. If you like what you hear, make sure to RSVP for our upcoming book release party at Little Shop … Continue reading Breanna’s Interview on Jazz WCLK 91.9
Our Home Where We Tutored on Saturdays It seemed like a good idea at the time. Ten years ago my family (Veronica) was living in a severely under-resourced neighborhood in southwest Atlanta with the desire to make a positive impact on the educational outcomes of kids and teens in our community. A good education can … Continue reading When Outcomes Disappoint
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays readers! In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share a heartwarming story that reminds us that anyone, no matter how young, can make a difference towards #healthyneighborhoods.
I met William* on a busy Friday morning during our homeless outreach clinic. He waited patiently while I saw the patients before him. He greeted me with a firm handshake and asked if I could help him with getting his medications. He told me he’d had a stent placed in his heart four weeks ago. … Continue reading Starting Somewhere
We believe ignoring social determinants of health is equivalent to treating patients with unwashed hands and wondering why disease keeps spreading (pg. 25 of How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick). Yet, we are very encouraged to see that SDOH are getting a lot more attention in the news media! Awareness is the first step toward change. … Continue reading SDOH in the News
God tells long but redemptive stories. I (Veronica) painted this picture when I was pregnant with my first daughter Aubrey. At the time I was sad and discouraged and put myself into the piece as the bird, flying out of the City. I wanted to run away from everything that was hard about urban ministry. … Continue reading God Tells Long But Redemptive Stories
You're invited to our Book Release Party! Mark your calendars for Friday, Jan. 11th at 7:00 pm at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur! Get in on the ground floor of a #healthyneighborhoods movement! Everyone deserves the opportunity for good health. The decisions we make and actions we take can promote the health of our neighbors. http://littleshopofstories.com/january-2019-events/ … Continue reading Book Release Party!!!
Check out Veronica's recent article about the connection between community health and the importance of local parks. From the article, "Ten years ago, if you had asked me about the importance of the “built environment” on lifespan, I would have returned a blank stare. I didn’t have any exposure to the kind of blight that, over … Continue reading Parks and The Built Environment