Topics: Shared language and definitions, overview of privilege, action-oriented strategies
Description: In times of crisis and change, each community faces distinct challenges because of structural racism and histories of injustice. Health equity and racial justice work needs allies, accomplices and champions in all spaces to support communities and address injustices in uncertain times. In order to do this effectively as white public health workers, we need to take on the subtle, sturdy privileges and assumptions we carry with our whiteness, while also recognizing how our positionality can be a tool for disruption. We are seeing this play out in real time right now, so this training will explore how we can use our positions of privilege to drive social change and challenge the structures that are perpetuating inequities in our communities. This training will make space for self-reflection and collective knowledge-sharing for both self-awareness and systems change. Participants will walk away with a common language, new strategies and shared resources for taking on anti-racist work in turbulent times.
Audience: Community members, coalition leaders and members, and public health professionals working to further health and racial equity.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Define key terms to health equity and racial justice work
2. Identify privileged identities we hold and ways to use them to highlight and challenge inequities
3. Name ways to stand up to oppressive actions and systems to be a better ally or accomplice
Trainer: Lori Lobenstine, Design Studio for Social Intervention (ds4si)
MA DPH Coalition Criteria Addressed:
1. Shared vision including a focus on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity
2. Consistency with MA DPH‚Äôs goals and priorities
3. Participation from key stakeholders (individuals and organizations that have a vested stake or interest in a program or policy initiative, e.g. it will impact them directly)
4. Membership that is reflective of the community