Social Health Concepts and Practice


Social Health Concepts and Practice (SHCP) is an independent consulting organization offering the opportunity for individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions to identify and understand the bridge between the health of the individual and society. In partnership with communities and engaging in action research and practice since 2006 SHCP facilitates alternative ways to transform existing oppressive and hierarchical models of individual and community change. Our understanding stems from the premise that the norms of society shape our mental, physical, and spiritual health and sets the framework for resultant disparities between those with power and those without-in all aspects of life. Therefore rebuilding healthy selves and community can occur only when we transform oppressive norms- embedded in our selves and institutions- which maintain the cycle of segregation and inequality. Our collective transformed selves become the transformed society-moving toward a new norm of balance, equity, and sustainability.


Social Health Concepts & Practices is located in Middle East Baltimore. Located at the hall of St. Wenceslaus on Ashland Avenue, its members engage in community listening sessions-through door-to-door engagement- aimed at understanding the needs of the community. Information gathered from these listening sessions are summarized without names or addresses and provided back to residents so everyone knows what others in the neighborhood are thinking about different issues- to help build stronger social networks. The information is also provided to local community organizations, appropriate city departments, city council representatives, and to the larger public to better understand the needs of members of the community. We feel that community members are the key informants of what is happening in their communities and therefore should be listened to and participate in decision-making to assure that programs implemented address their needs.

Join the community of change

Social Health Concepts & Practices intentionally seeks out local community members to apprentice and learn methods of community organizing, information gathering, analysis, reporting, policy development. It offers a people-to-policy path of social and economic change. Members gain an opportunity to learn skills that will help them in all types of education and employment including: health, civil society, sociology, law, housing, transportation, criminal justice, recreation, spirituality.


Skills and Expertise

Coalition building and communication


Fundraising, budgetary and financial management

Community organizing, building, engagement and advocacy

Leadership Development

Management and supervision

Organizational building

Policy development and analysis

Program development, implementation, and evaluation


Research to action: community building, community development, community organizing, community participation as a health determinant, criminal justice and health disparities, displacement and dispossession: health impacts, housing and health, immigrant health, mental heath, mindfulness-based practices in health, mindfulness-based practices in community change, occupational health, power, decision-making and health, public health policy and justice, social capital, social determinants of health, social justice and medicine, social policy and health, substance abuse, urban health


Community Resource Partners

Available upon request!

Past Project Documents

What do you think of this development in your neighborhood?: Perceptions of gentrification by historic residents of East Baltimore. Pending report.

Policing, community fragmentation, and public health: Baltimore city. Social Health Concepts and Practices, Inc.

The Rise of Anchor Institutions and the Threat to Community Health: Protecting Community Wealth, Building Community Power. Kalfou, 3; doi:10.15367/kf.v3i1.88

Policing, community fragmentation, and public health: Observations from Baltimore in Baltimore. J Urban Health () 1-14. DOI 10.1007/s11524-015-0022-9

YOUNG, GIFTED, AND @ RISK: Symposium on High Achieving Students of Color and Mental Health. Final report. Brown University, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund.

Neoliberal strategies’ propagation of health inequality of urban populations in rebuilding processes: How do we change them? American Public Health Association.

The power to corrupt scholarship and propagate inequity: corporatization of the academy. Transnational Institute.

Spirit in our struggles for truth, peace, and justice. Mindfulness Bell.

Application of space-time scan statistics to describe geographic and temporal clustering of visible drug activity in Baltimore, Maryland, 2000-2010. J Urban Health. 91:940

Equitable and Sustainable Redevelopment: A Path Forward. Final Report

Race, class, power, and organizing in East Baltimore. Rebuilding abandoned communities in America. Lexington Books.

The solidity toolbox. In: Stay solid: A radical handbook for youth. Ed. Hern M. AK Press.

Mental  and behavioral health programs  for insured racial and ethnic minorities: what works. Consensus paper: Morgan State University, AETNA, Inc., National Center for Behavioral Health Change.

Managing depression in primary care. In: Current diagnosis and treatment in Family Medicine. 3rd Edition.  Eds. South-Paul JE, Matheny SC, Lewis EL. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Addictive disorders. In: Disparities in Psychiatric Care. Eds. Ruiz P. Primm AB. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Wolters Kluver Health.

Managing depression in primary care. In: Current diagnosis and treatment in Family Medicine. 2nd Edition.  Eds. South-Paul JE, Matheny SC, Lewis EL. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Bridging the Gap: Depression and chronic diseases from an ethnic and cultural perspective. Update. Health Disparities Solution, Baltimore MD.

Community organizing during eminent domain-driven redevelopment can change outcomes: East Baltimore, Maryland. Shelter Force Magazine

Anti-Egalitarianism, Legitimizing Myths, Racism, and “Neo-McCarthyism” in Social Epidemiology and Public Health: A Review of Sally Satel’s PC, MD. In: Political and Economic Determinants of Population Health and Well-Being: Controversies and Developments  Eds. Navarro V, Muntaner C. Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.

Cultural competence, mental health treatment, and the criminal justice system. Community Ment Health J 41:557-69

The Impact of Mental Health on Chronic Disease. In: The State of Black America 2005. Ed. LA. Daniels. National Urban League.

Urban redevelopment and health in East Baltimore, Maryland: the role of social capital. Critical Public Health.  15:83

Prevention Practices in Juvenile Justice systems: merging public health and criminal justice systems. National Center for Health Behavioral Change

Depression in Afro-descendent women in the U.S: The role of health determinants in planning prevention. National Center for Health Behavioral Change

Qualitative and quantitative research in social epidemiology: is complementarity the issue? Gazeta Sanitaria. 17 (Supl 1):33-132

Classist, racist, and sexist ideology in US Public Health: a review/essay of Sally Satel’s P.C., M.D.: How political correctness is corrupting medicine. J International Health Services. 32:1-17.

Chronically mentally ill patients with and without substance use disorders: a pilot study.  Psychiatry Res. 95:261-70.

A description of precipitants of drug use among dually diagnosed patients with chronic mental illness. Com Mental Health J; 36:351-362

Severely mentally ill patients with and without substance use disorders: characteristics associated with treatment attrition. Com Mental Health J; 36:235-246

Two types of treatment programs for dually diagnosed patients; mental health vs. substance abuse treat; J Subst Abuse Treat


Lead Consultant

Marisela B Gomez MS PHD MD MPH

Contact: to learn about conceptualizing and practicing social health: a transformative and revolutionary way of engaging in all work on the path of rebuilding healthy and sustainable communities.