Social & Economic Opportunity

Social &Economic Opportunity encompasses all of the elements within a community that generate opportunities for educational advancement, produce high-quality employment opportunities, and allow for the equitable distribution of wealth and resources, including access to health care and preventive programs and services.

Human Capital

Human Capital means that all individuals are provided with opportunities to access job training, education programs, or re-entry supports.

Human Capital & Latino Health

Investment in early education, job training, and access to resources to further develop skills improves the chances of obtaining stable, long-term employment and increased wealth over the lifespan. Job stability and education level impact health in a multitude of ways –  as education rises and job stability improves, stress is reduced, opportunities to live in safer, more vibrant neighborhoods increase, and opportunities to purchase healthier items increases as well.


Latino Voices: The Impacts of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos

Latinos under 30 are 2.5 times as likely to be murdered as whites of the same age. Latinos are more likely to be threatened or attacked with a gun. And when Latinos report  crimes, the report can be less likely to lead to an arrest than when whites are victims of the same crimes. Because Latinos suffer unduly as victims of crime and yet often experience unequal treatment in the system, it is not surprising that surveys of Latinos reveal a desire for change. Many policies and practices do not align with Latinos’ values, needs or preferences — or serve them well.


Program Areas: Human Capital

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Our vision is for us, as a nation, to strive together to create a culture of health enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come.

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Building Human Capital

Building Human Capital: A Community’s Greatest Resource

In an attempt to understand and address the social factors that drive health inequities in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the Office of the Provost sponsored the 2nd annual symposium on the Social Determinants of Health in April 2013, and invited local and national leaders to discuss how we can achieve health equity in Baltimore City. Among the many topics discussed was the importance of building human capital.



Social Capital, Human Capital and Health

this report takes inspiration from a workshop of the Social capital global network, organised in Paris by IRDES and the OECD in October 2008. the presentations and discussions from this workshop provide an important basis to better understand the complex relationship between social capital and health, and the role education may play in this nexus.