Jacob Dixon

Jacob Dixon
Location: Roosevelt, New York Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Community/Civic Engagement, Early Childhood, Economic Stability, Employment, Environmental Justice, Food Systems and Nutrition, Leadership Development, Public, Population and Community Health, Social Sector/Non-Profit Populations Served: Adults (21-64 years), At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children (6-11 years), Children and Families, Low-Income Communities, Older Adults (65+), Young Children (0-5 years)
Choice for All

Jacob Dixon lives and works in Roosevelt, a 1-square-mile suburban community on Long Island, New York—where the average life expectancy is close to nine years less than the community next door. Jacob’s work is centered on elevating the work, stories, and impact of suburban health equity led by and for youth and families in communities of color on Long Island. As he believes a ZIP code should not be a determinant factor of one’s health, Jacob founded Choice for All, a social justice nonprofit with a mission to collaboratively solve issues around health, education, and community development to ensure well-being, especially with the most vulnerable. Utilizing strategies of collective impact, coordinated services, community organizing, and community-based participatory research, Jacob works on the ground with residents to ensure their voices are heard and provide strategy in advocating for change.

Jacob’s experience as a child with a learning disability inspired his current work as a teacher, child advocate, and social impact strategist working toward education and health equity. Bridging close to 15 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, teaching, and community organizing, Jacob’s lifelong commitment of work is two-fold: creating spaces for youth and families to grow from residents to leaders and working with systems to ensure they adequately respond to the needs of youth and families.

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