Modern Day Colonization: Gentrification as a Public Health Emergency and its Impact on Health, Safety, and Wellbeing
Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Public Health (MPH)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
This paper analyzes the impact of gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in Oakland, and its relationship to the health and wellbeing of communities. It highlights the public health consequences of gentrification, presents recommendations for policies that will mitigate this impact, and encourages behavior change among newcomers as well as long-term residents. To provide an understanding of gentrification and the Bay Area landscape in which it occurs, a comprehensive literature review was conducted and an exhaustive web search was undertaken to obtain all pertinent information related to the topic. Based on the research, recommendations to combat gentrification now and prevent its future negative impacts include housing policy reform, strict enforcement of new corporate responsibility policies that respect the community, education to increase awareness of the negative effects of gentrification, and a call for the mobilization of long-term residents to resist gentrification. Community-based participatory research is also an important recommendation to support collaborative interventions. Adopting these recommendations can lead to a healthier Bay Area by promoting greater access to essential health-related resources, such as housing and financial security. Furthermore, embracing these recommendations can position the Bay Area as a pioneer in implementing gentrification-related policies. Corporations and newcomers will be held accountable to pay reparation to the communities they enter. These newcomers will have a sense of self-awareness and long-term residents' voices will be heard, their needs and demands will be respected and met, and their vibrant communities will be preserved. Overall, this paper calls for policy reform that supports the prevention of the decolonizing impacts of gentrification.
Hayes, Theresa, "Modern Day Colonization: Gentrification as a Public Health Emergency and its Impact on Health, Safety, and Wellbeing" (2022). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1443.