District of Columbia Health Disparities Committee


The MWPHA Health Disparities Committee

The multi-racial Health Disparities Committee addresses racist health inequalities, especially HIV. We focus on the social and economic factors that fuel these inequalities, such as housing, jobs, stigma, and opportunities for people leaving prison. We include public health students, practitioners, and community residents of all ages and backgrounds. Health Disparities Committee members displaying the new Re-Entry Resource Bulletin Board at Stoddert Terrace-Fort Dupont. Over 7,000 people return to DC neighborhoods from prison and jail each year. For these returnees, there is urgent need for jobs and a living wage. Metro recently reversed its policy on hiring people returning from prison. The Metro Washington Public Health Association demands that Metro hire returnees. Call Customer Assistance line 202.637.1328 to make a comment.

Sign the petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/washington-metropolitan -transit-authority-metro-reverse-metro-s-hiring-policy-on-people -with-criminal-convictionsutm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

•   “Ban Racist Background Checks at Metro – Jobs Not Jails!”

Our Current Activities 

• Youth Engagement

We support young residents at Stoddert Terrace-Fort DuPont organizing to stop violence and improve their community.

•  Stigma Workshops Over the last year, the Committee sponsored workshops addressing the stigma of HIV, mental illness, and incarceration, using theatre to engage our participants and identify action strategies. These workshops led to our focus on incarceration and returnees, and the campaign for jobs at Metro.

•  Community Health Advocate Program With support from the National Library of Medicine, MWPHA includes community health advocates to conduct outreach, plan events, and teach their peers how to find and use online HIV and other health information.

Events and Activities
Community Outreach – Every third Saturday of the month.
Meet at 11:30am at the Dorothy Heights – Benning Road NE Library.
We distribute condoms and HIV information in the neighborhood.
Email kpomeran@gwu.edu to confirm the date.
Committee meetings held every 3rd Thursday,
usually at the Stoddert Terrace – Fort Dupont Community Center
at 155 Ridge Rd. SE DC.
Contact kpomeran@gwu.edu to confirm date and place.

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For more information, contact Karyn Pomerantz at 202.994-3623 or kpomeran@gwu.edu

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