Winter 2023 Newsletter

Equitable policymaking in 2023

ChangeLab Solutions has hit the ground running in 2023, starting a year of bold action by prioritizing partnerships and long-range, high-impact work.

We open the year with our new Equity in Action webinar series, which brings together local and state leaders to focus on moving from acknowledging issues to taking action. Our speakers will highlight policy interventions to rebuild our systems and institutions in ways that address structural inequities. The conversations will explore strategies for improving community health through housing justice, employment law, rural policymaking, and protecting public health authority. I hope you’ll join us in advancing equitable policymaking through these collaborative conversations.

Read on for highlights of our current and recent work — from our new webinar series to our latest housing resources.

As always, feel free to reach out with questions or ideas for collaboration.

In solidarity with our shared work in the new year,

Sarah de Guia, JD
CEO, ChangeLab Solutions


Equity in Action Webinar: Housing Justice

FY23 VES Episode 1

ChangeLab Solutions has launched a four-part virtual engagement series to explore actionable strategies for achieving health equity in communities across the United States. Our first episode, Policymaking for Housing Justice, unpacks the equity challenges of housing code enforcement and offers strategies that local governments can use to center tenants’ health and move toward more equitable enforcement practices. Register for the January 31 webinar.


Promoting Health Equity in Rural Communities

Rural Story Twitter Image - Michel Curi on Flickr

ChangeLab Solutions has a long history of working with rural communities on policy initiatives to address upstream drivers of health inequity. Read our story on how our partnerships are advancing community health, racial equity, and equitable economic development across rural America, in projects that address maternal health care, tobacco prevention, and more.


Affordable Housing Strategies

Proactive Rental Inspection Twitter Image

Our team continues to focus on housing justice, working to make safe, stable, and affordable housing a reality for everyone. We provide tools that connect the dots between housing and health and offer practical steps that communities can take to achieve their housing policy goals. Explore our latest free guide on proactive rental inspection.

Synthesizing the work of the Housing Solutions Collaborative — our innovative cross-sector cohort that builds capacity and partnerships to advance housing equity in communities across the country — we created a series of videos on navigating local housing strategies, covering issues such as zoning, affordable housing production, emergency rental assistance, and how to counter displacement.


Act for Public Health

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We are energized by our participation in Act for Public Health, a collaborative working group that provides resources, technical assistance, and training to help push back against efforts to block public health officials’ ability to do their job. Explore the latest resources from this working group, and keep an eye out for upcoming webinars and events.


Administrative Law: Facilitator Resources

Administrative Law, Part 1

Our latest free Public Health Law Academy trainings focus on administrative law — the area of law that governs how public health practitioners carry out common regulatory activities, from developing regulations and drafting guidance documents to implementing and enforcing public health programs. We have developed tools to help facilitators successfully deliver tailored trainings in the Administrative Law & Health Equity series. Access the facilitator guides.


Farewell & Congratulations to Dr. Jewel Mullen

Jewel Mullen

We offer a warm thank-you and farewell to Dr. Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, a pivotal member of our Board of Directors since 2019. She served on the Governance Committee and played a key role in board recruitment and strengthening committee structures. Dr. Mullen’s stewardship and guidance have been influential at ChangeLab Solutions, and we are grateful to have had the benefit of her experience as an internist, epidemiologist, and public health physician leader. We wish Dr. Mullen great success in her future endeavors.


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