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On Being Seen

Author: Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see […]

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TCE’s Tony Iton TEDX Talk – Changing the Odds for Health

Dr. Anthony Iton is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. He oversees the organization’s 10-Year, $1 billion statewide commitment to advancing policies and forging partnerships to build healthy communities and a healthy California. Dr. Iton believes that reinvigorating democracy in California’s underserved communities is the first step in improving residents’ health. […]

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How Community Organizers Changed My Approach to Health

Seeing great community organizers at work changed the way I think about health. From 2000 to 2003, I was director of health and human services for Stamford, Connecticut in Fairfield County, one of the most unequal places in America. While hedge fund managers help give Fairfield one of the higher median household incomes in the […]

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No Health Without Hope

Originally published in Crisis Magazine, Winter 2016 Issue. By Anthony Iton When it comes to your health, your zip code is more important than your genetic code. In the United States, your zip code is often just a proxy for your race and income. I came to understand this fundamental truth while in medical school, […]

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Changing the Odds One Neighborhood at a Time

By Dr. Anthony Iton When it comes to your health, your zip code matters more than your genetic code. Give me your address, and I’ll tell you how long you’ll live. I’ve been repeating these phrases to anyone who will listen since I was first vested with the responsibility to protect the health and safety […]

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