Updated: Apr 20, 2021
The International WELL Building Institute has recently launched an initiative to identify and scale strategies that address health inequities in buildings, businesses, and communities around the world.
IWBI’s vision for health equity aligns with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) definition of health equity: “Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.” RWJF’s definition establishes equitable access to health as the outcome and diversity and inclusion as the ways to achieve that goal.
As part of this mission, I’ve been selected to contribute as co-chair with a few other international experts in health, equity, inclusion, and diversity to help identify opportunities to make places that prioritize health available and accessible to all individuals, no matter their identity, location, background or level of ability.
IWBI Health Equity co-chairs are experts and leaders in health equity, diversity, and inclusion, inclusive design, community building, stakeholder engagement, or other best practices that promote equitable access to healthier places and address the needs of marginalized and underrepresented populations.
IWBI Health Equity co-chairs will help anchor the advisory recruitment efforts, help to identify gaps & guide in targeted segmentation of stakeholders, industry sectors, and partnerships. They will also advise on evidence-based solutions to help lower barriers to access and accelerate health equity across buildings, organizations, and cities worldwide. The IWBI Health Equity Co-chairs will be the champions of IWBI’s Health Equity efforts and will participate through roundtable discussions, webinar forums, thought leadership op-eds, and targeted media/promo intersections. They will help lead discussions around health equity topics within their network through co-hosted roundtables.