For the Sake of All is a multidisciplinary study on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis. African Americans bear considerable burdens of disease, disability, and death in the St. Louis region. The project team has produced a series of policy briefs and a report offering a comprehensive overview of current status as well as recommendations for change. The social determinants of health, such as educational and economic status, are the primary focus. A Community Partner Group with representatives from key sectors in the region was convened to advise the project team on the content of the briefs and report and to help guide the development of a feasible set of recommendations. The project in 2014 released the final report at a community conference. The conference and report release coincided with the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The goals of the For the Sake of All project are:
- To influence the policy agenda on health disparities by widening the conversation beyond personal responsibility and the delivery of medical care
- To inform the general public about the social determinants of health as they impact African Americans
- To present the regional economic and health consequences of intervening (or failing to intervene) on social determinants of health
- To provide evidence of the impact of persistent disparities on all members of the region, regardless of race or socioeconomic status
For the Sake of All is funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health and includes scholars from Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. Partners include the Policy Forum at the Brown School, the Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis Beacon, and the St. Louis American. The Center for Social Development provided technical support for the first policy brief and will co-sponsor the Community Conference.