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Meaningful Work and Wealth as a Vital Condition

Personal, family, and community wealth provides the means for healthy, secure lives. That includes good-paying, fulfilling jobs and careers, and financial security that extends across the life span. People’s lives and self-worth flourish when doing productive, rewarding work. The ability to accumulate adequate wealth shapes the living standards not only for individual families and communities, but for generations to come.

The United States is in the midst of the coronavirus crisis that has had a profound effect on the economy and individual work and wealth. No one can predict when the pandemic will end or what the economic picture will look like in the future. What is certain is that most families and communities, especially communities of color and low-income areas, have faced setbacks that could carry through for years, if not generations, to come.

There is hope, however, that new ways of working and thinking about work will spur the United States to look at different approaches to income equality and financial stability, and to make progress to combat and reverse the systemic racism that keeps whole groups of people from achieving economic equity.

Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America

This new report is a joint project of the CDC Foundation and Well Being Trust, coordinated with Community Initiatives and ReThink Health. The report acknowledges that we are now struggling and suffering through profound losses and ghastly experiences of systemic racism. Our resilience and humanity are being tested, yet we have the power to change course together. Communities across the country have an immense reservoir of energy, courage, and imagination. Our best hope for changing course is to organize local and national action around a single, unifying, measurable expectation: All people and places thriving—no exceptions. The report leverages the Vital Conditions for Well-Being framework to provide a "springboard" for communities in recovery and resilience that is imperative to this moment in time. Find the full report and the library of resources and tools coming out of collaborative work to develop Thriving Together below, and scroll on for more resources to improve meaningful work and wealth in your community.

Below is an audio excerpt from a series of interviews to collect lived experience, community voices, and critical perspectives to inform content and direction in the Springboard report and touches on meaningful work and wealth, specifically. 

Opportunities to Improve Meaningful Work and Wealth

Some of the most significant opportunities are:

  • Gainful employment and a livable wage
  • Promoting wealth-building opportunities
  • Advancing equitable prosperity 

Stories for Inspiration

Explore the stories below to read interesting, engaging content about what is happening at the state, national, and local level to improve meaningful work and wealth.

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Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Advances Success for First Generation College Students
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/22/2019
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WIN Pacesetter Story: Stockton, California
Story - Original
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Mapping Access to Higher Education in Rural Areas
Story - Original
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Published on 12/15/2016

Data Resources

Explore the data tools below to find data and related resources specifically relevant to meaningful work and wealth.

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National Equity Atlas
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Policy Resources

Explore the resources below that outline one or more policies that specifically seek to improve meaningful work and wealth.

HI-5 Multi-Component Worksite Obesity
HI-5: Multi-Component Worksite Obesity Prevention
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by AD for Policy and Strategy
HI-5 Earned Income Tax Credits
HI-5: Earned Income Tax Credits
Resource - Policy Brief
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Action & Dialogue Guides

Explore below to find replicable, actionable content that is easily adaptable and/or adoptable as a strategy to improve meaningful work and wealth, as well as guides and tools for in-person and virtual dialogues. 

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Communities WIN: A Community Guide for Dialogue and Action
Tool - Toolkit/toolbox
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Published on 01/22/2020
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Bringing the Vital Conditions to Life: Meaningful Work & Wealth
Story - Original
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The Growing Gap: Gender Pay Equity, Meaningful Work, and Wealth during COVID-19
Story - Original
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About the Vital Conditions

Meaningful Work and Wealth is one of seven “Vital Conditions” that comprise the Vital Conditions for Health and Well-being framework. This is a useful framework for conceptualizing holistic well-being and the Conditions that give rise to it, as well as identifying opportunities to shift those systems and drive transformative community change and improvement. It brings together major determinants of health, exposing how parts of a multi-faceted whole work as a system to produce equitable well-being. Learn more about the framework: 

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Commons Good Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH
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