Reframing Neurocognitive Differences:

What the Neurodiversity Movement Means for Public Health and Equity


Neurodiversity---the diversity of human brains and minds---has become quite the buzzword. From corporate hiring initiatives and workplace inclusion programs, to neurodivergent peer mentors on college campuses, and robust sections in EDI plans, neurodiversity has begun to emerge in our collective consciousness. Despite the attention, however, many people are left with the most basic questions unanswered: What is neurodiversity? How does one know if they’re neurodivergent? How does neurodiversity fit in with disability rights and mental health advocacy? Learn more about what neurodiversity is (and isn’t), how it fits in with pre-existing advocacy, and the role it can play in advancing equitable health and well-being.


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Telemental Health Provides Opportunity to Improve Population Mental Health

Data show that one in five adults lives with a mental illness, nearly 2.5 million youth report living with depression, and substance use has become a strenuous social determinant of poor mental health. Learn about telemental health—the use of videoconferencing technology to provide mental health services—a promising way to improve population mental health through the provision of timely, accessible, culturally sensitive behavioral health care.


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New Topic: Social Determinants of Health

The Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) is a framework that acknowledges that non-medical factors greatly affect health outcomes. Because inequities are created when barriers prevent people from reaching their full potential to be well, the SDoH framework is useful for identifying and addressing health inequities. Adopting a well-being framework like the SDoH or the Vital Conditions for Well-Being at scale catalyzes alignment across communities, networks, and nationwide.


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Momentum Builds for Reparations

A long-overdue reckoning with racism in America has created unprecedented momentum for reparations as a policy tool to address racial inequities. Amid civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd, and a pandemic that is disproportionately killing Black people, U.S. cities are passing pro-reparations legislation. Learn how changemakers conceptualized and implemented reparations in their local communities.


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IP3 Collaborates with APHA and The Alliance to Launch PHERN

PHERN--the Public Health Equity Resource Library--is a publicly-accessible Community Commons Space built on the Community Commons Information Exchange. It features over 1,000 curated resources selected to cover key public health topics with an equity and antiracism lens.


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New PHERN Topic: Disease Tracking and Surveillance

Disease surveillance helps us detect disease cases, understand burden of disease and risk factors, provide the basis for timely and informed decision-making, guide control measures, and monitor impacts. Explore PHERN and learn about the need to invest in modern data systems, expand and skill up the workforce, and ensure data reporting and interpretation retain high ethical and epidemiological standards.


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Mapping Police Violence: 2021 Data Update

Police killed 1,144 people in the U.S. in 2021. Explore police violence by state, view a moving timeline of incidences, track national trends, read police score cards, and compare cities and states in terms of rate of police violence. For the comparison, users can filter by various variables, including year, race, gender, police department, mental illness, charges, and whether the police officer was on-duty or off-duty.


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Parks for All People: Addressing Legacies of Racism, Displacement, and Exclusion in National Parks


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Pathways to Population Health Equity


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