Using Local Data to Address Structural Racism
Structural racism in policies, laws, and practices affects the quality of many conditions in communities of color, impeding fair and just opportunities to be as healthy as possible. The inequities created by structural racism touch many aspects of people’s lives, including housing, transportation, the natural and built environment, childcare and early education, and community safety and policing. Local data can be a powerful tool for people to reveal these inequities and ultimately address the impacts of structural racism.
In its latest program to support local efforts to leverage data in community change, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute (Urban) awarded a total of $1.5 million to 38 organizations across the US and its territories through the Using Local Data to Address Structural Racism grant program.
The 38 grantees are using quantitative and qualitative data to understand how racial inequities manifest in community conditions and the systemic causes driving them. They are engaging with residents, community organizations, and government agencies to interpret the data and to design and inform solutions to address the inequities in their communities. Urban will provide grantees assistance on data, policy, and community engagement, host peer learning opportunities, and document insights from grantee experiences.
You can learn more about the grantees and their projects below, as well as at our Medium blog site. We hope their efforts will inspire you to make a difference in your own communities.