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RWJF Senior Adviser to the President Dwayne Proctor Named Missouri Foundation for Health's New President and CEO

Dwayne Proctor, PhD, a well-respected philanthropic leader, joins Missouri Foundation for Health effective May 3, 2021. Proctor’s bold vision to achieve health equity in Missouri in 10 years offers a sense of hope and healing at a time when it’s needed most.



Conservatives and liberals should rally around equity

In politics today, language is often weaponized in an attempt to end the discussion and blunt any policy changes. We cannot let this happen with the concept of a more equitable nation, pens RWJF Executive Vice President Julie Morita. We need health equity in America in the same way that we need clean water, nutritious foods, safe streets and good schools.

Drs. Besser & Morita: COVID vaccine questions – It's normal to have them. We did, too. Here's what we learned.

President and CEO Richard Besser and Executive Vice President Julie Morita, like many people across the country, had questions before recently getting their first COVID-19 shots. Both are pediatricians, but they needed answers before rolling up their own sleeves and recommending COVID-19 vaccines to family and friends. We need to give every person in this country the space, and grace, to make up their minds. After all, they write, trust must be earned.

American Rescue Plan is a down payment on an equitable America

The American Rescue Plan Act provides hope for more than 100 million people, yet if we believe in an America in which everyone has opportunity and every person has equal value, our work is far from complete, pens RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser. Even if the pandemic were to end this year, the people for whom the legislation’s provisions are a lifeline still will be living in a nation steeped in inequities that cannot be eliminated with a single act of Congress, no matter how vast.

Here's what we need to do to prevent another pandemic from devastating the vulnerable

Dismantling structural racism must become America’s ultimate public health intervention. RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser highlights the need to rethink how the United States can address predictable challenges that arise in public health emergencies. During this pandemic and well before, some people suffer more than others simply because of the color of their skin, what they earn, and where they live.

COVID recovery requires addressing economic inequities

RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser says Congress, in crafting COVID relief legislation, must understand that one's economic health and one's physical and mental health are intertwined. He writes that lawmakers must act now to support people’s immediate needs during this pandemic, but also use this crisis as the impetus to address the long-term objective of building a society in which all people can live the healthiest lives possible.

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