How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick
Restoring Health and Wellness to Our Communities
by Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop
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.”
Book Press & News
WABE’s A Closer Look with Rose Scott Interview (Starts at 22:49 on site at Good Samaritan Health Center)
WATC Atlanta Live Interview (Starts at 33:00)
Plant with Purpose Article and GrassRoots Podcast
Life!Line with Craig Roberts Interview with Veronica (Starts at 22:10)
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)