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Houston Stronger: A Path to A More Equitable City

Houston Stronger: A Path to A More Equitable City

Cities across the country are facing increasing social and economic inequality, and Houston is no exception. Despite Houston’s strong economic growth, income inequality has sharply increased over the past 30 years, and worker wages have been nearly stagnant over that same time period. Inadequate economic opportunities and a widening economic divide combine with racial and ethnic discrimination to place a particular burden on communities of color, preventing them from having the full opportunity to share in Houston’s success.

Yet evidence demonstrates that cities are safer, healthier and more economically vibrant when everyone has a chance to share in prosperity. Maximizing economic mobility and opportunity will only make Houston stronger. At this event, experts explored the importance of building community consensus around the need for a more equitable Houston; potential policy, programmatic and investment solutions to Houston’s most pressing inequities; and the implications for equity in the ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts as the city marked the one-year anniversary of the storm.

This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, the Houston Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, and the Office of Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County, Precinct 1. Follow @BakerInsitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerHouston.




8:00 am



Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am




Ginny Goldman
Independent Strategist; and Chair, Mayor's Task Force on Equity, City of Houston

8:35 am



Keynote Speaker — Why Equity?

Michael A. Lindsey, Ph.D.
Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies and Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Silver School of Social Work, New York University

"Context Matters: The Promise of Treating Space" 

8:55 am



Audience Q&A with Keynote Speaker

9:10 am



Panel I — Priority Solutions

Moderated by: Jo Ann Jones-Burbridge, President, Jones-Burbridge Consulting

Quianta Moore, M.D., J.D.
Fellow in Child Health Policy, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute

"An equitable future for all: investing in early childhood development"

Beverly A. Ortiz
Chief of Staff, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Texas

Juliet Stipeche
Director, Mayor’s Office of Education, City of Houston

9:55 am



Introductory Remarks

The Honorable Sylvester Turner
Mayor, City of Houston

10:10 am



Panel II — Equitable Harvey Recovery

Moderated by: Jo Ann Jones-Burbridge, President, Jones-Burbridge Consulting

Mayra Bontemps
Assistant Director, Recovery and Public Services, Housing and Community Development Department, City of Houston

Bakeyah S. Nelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston

"Environmental Equity in Houston:Building an Equitable Path Forward"

Chrishelle Palay
Co-Director, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

"Hurricane Harvey - How do we recover equitably?

Shao-Chee Sim, Ph.D.
Vice President for Applied Research, Episcopal Health Foundation

"One year after the storm: Recovery Experiences of Harris County Residents"

10:50 am



Call to Engagement and Next Steps

11:30 am





Fri, Aug. 31, 2018
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


Ripley House
4410 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77011
United States of America