Health Equity facilitators are hosting a three-day workshop for Ingham County Health Department staff and interested community members. There is no fee to participate. The workshop consists of two consecutive days followed by a third day on a separate week. The next series will be held November 15, 16, and 30 at Foster Community Center, 200 N. Foster, Lansing, Michigan.
Workshops run from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day and participation in all three days of the session is expected.
The workshop is dialogue-based and seeks to illuminate racism, classism, and other types of oppression as root causes of health inequity. It is part of a larger effort to transform the practice of public health and other organizations within a social justice framework. The workshop is a nationally recognized model for restoring a social justice/health equity framework for public health practice and other fields of work.
Workshop learning objectives:
- Learn language and conceptual frameworks that enable participants to engage in difficult conversations about oppression and unearned privilege as experienced in the United States. These frameworks include Target/Non-Target Identities; the Four Levels of Oppression and Change, and Primary Prevention in a Social Justice Framework.
- Explore the meaning of cultural identity across target and non-target groups.
- Understand the necessity and value of addressing racism and other forms of oppression explicitly as root causes of health inequity.
- Practice analyzing case studies in a social justice/health equity framework.
- Identify potential avenues and opportunities for advancing health equity through one’s work and personal life.
The workshop employs each of the following as triggers for dialogue:
- The lived experience of participants as members of target and non-target groups;
- Language constructs that help illuminate oppression and privilege in American society; and
- Practical analysis and application of health equity concepts to real-life scenarios.
In facilitating dialogue on subjects that may be uncomfortable for some participants, workshop leaders work to ensure that a) the point-of-view of the workshop is transparent from the outset, and b) disagreement with that point-of-view is welcomed and encouraged as part of the process of coming to terms with cultural forces that normally discourage a frank discussion of racism, other types of oppression, and their impact on the public’s health.