Environmental Stewardship and Healthy Communities

It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected.  (Laudato Si 138)

Inherent to our diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging work is our deep commitment to the roles that environmental stewardship and sustainability play in the creation of healthy and equitable communities. We believe that the impact racial and social inequities have on neighborhood safety, the built environment and environmental quality are critical social determinants of health. They have profound impacts on health, including the air we breathe, the water we consume, the soil that nourishes the food we eat and all the natural and human-made conditions affecting our well-being.  Being a leading national health system requires that we address health care, social, economic, and environmental systems.

David Boyd Williams, Rosalyn Carpenter and Jahmal Miller

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging, Chicago, IL