Leveling the Playing Field: Equity in Prevention
“First, do no harm.” This oath should apply to all coalition members and leaders, all our prevention activities, and all our strategies. But how well do we truly follow it in practice? How intentional are we in ensuring that our work fosters justice, equity, dignity, and inclusion, especially for those whose communities have been oppressed, and marginalized? In this dynamic, interactive session, we’ll explore the social determinants of health and how prevention activities can enhance or obstruct them, depending on how committed we are to working through the lens of health equity. The era of “prevention” relying on imposing consequences and punishments upon youth and other vulnerable people is over; the age of leveling the playing field and grounding our efforts in equity is here. Bring your courage and your critical thinking skills and join us in bringing prevention into the new era where opportunities for health are enhanced for everyone, and no one is left out in the cold.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Communicate a working knowledge of the history of prevention through a lens of equity
2. Understand at least 5 ways that inequity and stigma are experienced as trauma
3. Implement at least 5 strategies for identifying and overcoming inequity in their coalitions