Vulnerability to urban violence is a social determinant of health that must be addressed by “upstreamists”. If there is no safe place to walk it leads to obesity and other complications of a sedentary lifestyle. Similarly, violence and destruction discourages supermarkets from operating in urban neighborhoods making access to healthy food more difficult. This situation effects all urban denizens but minorities are disproportionately disadvantaged. The two videos below. the first describing upstream medicine and the latter (an interview with Dave Racer, an ACHT Fellow, describing violence in Minneapolis, are incredibly important to anyone wishing to improve the health of our citizenry.
short video upstream medicine
Short interview with Dave Racer, FACHT