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Structural Racism and Public Health: How to Talk to Policymakers and Community Members
November 28, 2023
3:00 pm ET; 12:00 pm PT
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Cities are vibrant hubs of cultural and ethnic diversity, economic opportunities, and civic engagement. Yet these communities also endure complex health equity challenges. Many barriers to good health are rooted in structural racism — an unjust system of laws, procedures, and beliefs that cement racial and ethnic inequity. A critical step in addressing these inequities will be learning how to communicate effectively about them with members of our communities and policymakers. During this webinar from the Public Health Communications Collaborative, expert panelists will share key findings from their research on policy-oriented and public-oriented communications about structural racism and public health.

Session topics will address:

  • Evidence-based messaging and communication strategies to engage with residents and decision-makers across sectors;
  • The intersections of public policy and public health in advancing health equity; and
  • The perspectives of public policy influencers and their role in advancing public health agendas.

Public health communicators will leave the session with actionable strategies and new resources to leverage across audiences.

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Systemic racism, social marginalization, and oppression have created disproportionate challenges in accessing quality general health care, mental health care, and substance use treatment services for communities of color. Integrating these services is a critical strategy for advancing health equity among historically marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ communities, and rural communities.

The Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CoE-IHS) is pleased to announce the Advancing Health Equity Through Integrated Health ECHO.

Kicking off in late November, this seven-session ECHO series will give participants the chance to engage with other health care provider organizations through didactic presentations and case presentations on key issues related to integrated health and improving health equity within their organizations.

This ECHO will help participants:

  • Practice cultural humility and actively reduce biases, racism, and trauma.
  • Promote cultural and linguistic responsiveness among clients and staff of various intersecting identities, including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Implement whole-person and population health strategies that consider the social determinants/drivers of health of clients and communities.
  • Build organizational practices that identify and prevent compassion fatigue among clinical providers and staff as they work to enhance equitable health care for all

Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, November 10, 2023.

*Space in this ECHO learning series is limited.

Submit ECHO Application

Learn More: ECHO FAQ SHEET