Linking practitioners & organizations across the globe.
The Building Healthy & Equitable Communities project connects practitioners from the global network Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) with practitioners from the United States, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area. The project aims to share cross-cultural experiences and practices that promote more equitable and healthy communities, inform current practice, and build a global network of practitioners, all towards reducing health inequities in communities around the world. We are particularly focused on how successful "slum upgrading" practices in the global south might be shared and adopted in communities grappling with health inequities in the US. The project brings together practitioners for intensive workshops, field visits and knowledge exchanges in both the US and in the global south, and links the workshop content to the on-going social change strategies of organizations around the world. The University of California, Berkeley, Center for Global Healthy Cities houses the project and facilitates the exchanges and network. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides core support.