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Utilizing Culture to Help Heal Institutional Racism

Race-related stressors that can affect the mental health of socially disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations. Although discrimination is the most studied aspect of racism, racism can also affect mental health through structural/institutional mechanisms and racism that is deeply embedded in the larger culture.
People Impacted
$ 305B
Potential Funding
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the problem
Nature and Context

Neighborhoods of color that face such pressures can heal through increasing their understanding of cultural history, assets, talents, and heritage.

Preserving and transmitting village stories can be a way to create socially and culturally connected places. This is also an effective way to highlight spaces with historical relevance in the community. By preserving and adaptively reusing these spaces, people can feel connected to their communities and to the built environment through an appreciation of the past.

the impact
Success Metrics


  • Invite participants from all groups to equitably provide perspectives, self-organize, resolve issues, cultivate leadership, and anticipate cultural shifts based on new development and community activities.

  • Reuse buildings so that at least 50% off the building or 20% of the project stock is preserved.

  • Avoid demolishing historic buildings or altering historical landscapes.

  • Ensure historic buildings are protected by local, state, and federal designations with requirements for rehabilitation or reuse.

  • Provide incentives for rehabilitating historic buildings or cultural landscapes.

  • Leave no more than 50 feet of blank building wall.

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