Racial Equity Strategic Planning

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The Racial Equity Strategic Planning Committee (RESPC) is charged with developing a shared vision and identifying collaborative policy and operational strategies needed to achieve the City’s racial equity goals. This strategic direction will be captured in a report and presented to City Council. The Committee is comprised of residents, non-profits, employers, financial and lending institutions, cultural and community advocacy organizations, Bloomington Public Schools staff and students, City of Bloomington staff, and a City Council representative.

Members of the committee will work to define and solve the right problems, brainstorm innovative ideas and create models to demonstrate how solutions work. In keeping with the City’s commitment to authentically engaging underrepresented racial/ethnic communities in the governing process, we are prioritizing the voices of the those directly impacted by racial disparities. The committee will build upon input shared by the community to develop the final report that City Council and its partners can implement.

The Racial Equity Strategic Planning Committee (RESPC) is charged with developing a shared vision and identifying collaborative policy and operational strategies needed to achieve the City’s racial equity goals. This strategic direction will be captured in a report and presented to City Council. The Committee is comprised of residents, non-profits, employers, financial and lending institutions, cultural and community advocacy organizations, Bloomington Public Schools staff and students, City of Bloomington staff, and a City Council representative.

Members of the committee will work to define and solve the right problems, brainstorm innovative ideas and create models to demonstrate how solutions work. In keeping with the City’s commitment to authentically engaging underrepresented racial/ethnic communities in the governing process, we are prioritizing the voices of the those directly impacted by racial disparities. The committee will build upon input shared by the community to develop the final report that City Council and its partners can implement.

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    We understand the conditions in which people live, work, and play have a significant impact on their health. The US Department of Health and Human Services organizes the social determinants of health around five key domains: healthcare access and quality, education access and quality, social and community context, economic stability, and neighborhood and built environment. Learn more here

    Social determinants of health (SDOH) have a major impact on people’s health, well-being, and quality of life. Examples of SDOH include:

    • Safe housing, transportation, and neighborhoods
    • Racism, discrimination, and violence
    • Education, job opportunities, and income
    • Access to nutritious foods and physical activity opportunities
    • Polluted air and water
    • Language and literacy skills


      We want to hear from you! Tell us about your experience in the community. 

    For example: 

    • What are your personal experiences regarding accessing housing or health care? 
    • Obtaining a job or funding to start a business?
    • Accessing parks or green space? 
    • Feeling supported and empowered in school?
    • Having access to the resources you need to be successful in school at all levels, including college and graduate school? 
    • Or, what about encounters with police and the criminal justice system?
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