Acheiving health equity is crucial to a thriving nation. However, as wealth disparities continue to increase, our gaps in health are getting larger and more persistant. It is our job as public health advocates and workers to push forward a vision of a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper. We hope you’ll find these trainings useful in your work!
Community Building Through a Health Equity Framework
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Description: Effective community health work applies an equity lens, with an emphasis on building individual and coalition capacity to engage diverse communities through empowering and competent approaches. There are numerous barriers to such engagement; some conscious, and some unconscious. Race, class, and cultural communication styles all influence the ways in which diverse communities relate to the work. This online training will introduce participants to health equity, culturally competent approaches, and how to think collaboratively about ways to effectively engage diverse populations/communities in their efforts.
Power and Privilege in Health Equity
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Boston, MA)
Description: This training will provide participants with an opportunity to examine critical questions about their personal relationship with power and privilege. What is privilege? How does it manifest in relational and professional dynamics? How do we leverage power, knowingly or unknowingly, to influence conflict or negotiate situations? This training will help facilitate an exploration of self-identity and how to build on that self-awareness to help set the tone for positive professional relationships and work in the broader community. This training will also discuss how to recognize the privilege that some of us hold and use that understanding to empower others and make connections across difference.
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Boston, MA)
Description: Achieving racial equity requires society’s systems and markets to perform equally well for different racial and ethnic groups. Unfortunately, the data for most of our systems and markets do not currently show equity or parity for our most disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups. This training will explore how institutional or customary practices, whether intentional or unintentional, are set up to further perpetuate racial health inequities. Participants will get a chance to explore how this manifests in the community context and ways in which they can work actively against perpetuating these inequitable systems.