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How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick

Restoring Health and Wellness to Our Communities

by Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop

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Our neighborhoods are literally making us sick.

Buildings with mold trigger asthma and other respiratory conditions. Geographic lack of access to food and health care increases childhood mortality. Community violence traumatizes residents. Poverty, unemployment, inadequate housing, food insecurity, racial injustice, and oppression cause physical changes in the body, resulting in disease and death.

But there is hope. Loving our neighbor includes creating social environments in which people can be healthy. While working in community redevelopment and treating uninsured families, Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop discovered that creating healthier neighborhoods requires a commitment to health equity. Jesus’ ministry brought healing through dismantling systems of oppression and overturning social norms that prevented people from living healthy lives. We can do the same in our communities through addressing social determinants that facilitate healing in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Everyone deserves the opportunity for good health. The decisions we make and actions we take can promote the health of our neighbors.

“The real and lived experiences of Veronica and Breanna are indicative of how where you live impacts your mental and physical health, regardless of your socioeconomic status. They are dedicated servant leaders who have a heart toward health equity and made it their purpose to immerse themselves in communities with the greatest needs.”

-From the foreword by Keri Norris, chief of health policy and administration at the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority

Book Press & News

The Good Works Show with Breanna on Good Sam’s Full Circle of Health Model

Fierce & Lovely Podcast on Veronica Serving in the City

Good Samaritan Health Center Featured on WSB-TV Channel 2 People 2 People Show

WABE’s A Closer Look with Rose Scott Interview Part 1 (Starts at 22:49 on site at Good Samaritan Health Center) and Part 2 (Starts at 40:51)

WSB-TV podcast Perspectives with Condace Pressley

Emory University Nursing Magazine Article

Christian Courier Article – Invisible Fences

Englewood Review

Plant with Purpose Article and GrassRoots Podcast Episode “It Threatens the Most Vulnerable”

Nurses Christian Fellowship Article

Evangelicals for Social Action Article

WCLK 91.9 The Local Take Interview with Breanna

Outreach Magazine Article

Life!Line with Craig Roberts Interview with Veronica (Starts at 22:10)

Bob Trube Review

Facebook Live with JoAnna Ward

On The Move with JoAnna Ward Episode 1 (Interview starts at 14:05 on Good Samaritan Health Center)

On The Move with JoAnna Ward Episode 2
(Interview starts at 14:00 on our book)

Hanging out with JoAnna Ward at On The Move WATC TV 57

And… our book is going to be used as a textbook for a medical ethics class in Indiana!!!

Related Publications & Speaking Events

Tips for a Stronger, Healthier Community Article (Page 3)

Saporta Report Column

Repaint! For the Kingdom of God is at Hand: Balancing Hope and Critical Analysis in Community Service Article

Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority 2018 Annual Health Summit “What’s In Your Backyard” Panel Discussion Moderated by Breanna

Westside Future Fund Presentation on Good Sam Full Circle of Health Model

Breanna presenting at the 2019 Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF) Annual Conference