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Shifting Power Dynamics through Environmental Justice
May 18, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join us for a brand new online training!
Topics: Health equity through environmental justice, community engagement
Description: Environmental justice is tied inextricably to health and racial equity. Black and Brown communities, which have been most impacted by a history of racialized housing policy, redlining, food apartheid, and lack of green spaces are also most likely to be located near factories, bus terminals, and other sources of pollution and hazardous materials that negatively impact a person‚Äôs health. This training will equip coalitions with the tools and knowledge to place community voices at the forefront of the environmental justice movement. How can coalitions shift power back to the communities most impacted by environmental injustice? By creating a deep understanding of the powers and structures at play, we can begin to empower communities that have been subjected to environmental injustices for years. This training will use a mix of case studies, group discussion, and interactive activities to explore how coalitions can engage in this important work.
Trainers: Tamika R. Francis and Kelly Danckert, Health Resources in Action
Audience: Coalition leaders and partners, community groups, individuals working towards community health.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
- Define environmental justice and its connection to health equity and racism
- Name health impacts caused by environmental injustices
- Identify ways communities and coalitions can engage in environmental justice work
MA DPH Coalition Criteria Addressed:
- Consistency with MA DPH‚Äôs goals and priorities
- 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)
- Shared vision including a focus on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity