Covid's Park Resurgence Shows How Biden Stimulus Money Can Fix Green Space Inequity

PISC Senior Scholar Eugenia South, MD, MSPH, recently co-authored an Opinion Piece featured on NBC that highlights existing inequities concerning green spaces in the United States. Previous studies have linked neighborhood green spaces to improved mental health. Moreover, the importance of neighborhood green spaces was amplified by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, according to the Trust for Public Land, over 100 million Americans do not have a park within a 10-minute walk from home. Parks serving predominantly by people of color are typically half the size and five times as crowded as parks serving predominantly white communities. To combat these inequitable policies, South calls on policymakers to leverage stimulus funds in order to promote health equity through local greening projects. South concludes, “We must, as a nation, make the decision to acknowledge and reverse the historical legacies of disinvestment and physical decay that continue to plague low-resourced, predominantly minority neighborhoods.”

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