Center for Health Equity Practice

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These dialogue-based sessions are led by trained co-facilitators and seek to illuminate racism, classism, and other types of oppression as root causes of health inequity. The workshop consists of two consecutive days followed by a third day 1 – 2 weeks later. Over the course of the three days, participants:

  • Learn language and conceptual frameworks that enable them to engage in difficult conversations about oppression and unearned privilege as experienced in the United States and focus on practical analysis and application of health equity concepts to real-life scenarios.
  • Explore the meaning of cultural identity across groups.
  • Begin to 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 catalysts for dialogue:

  • The lived experience of participants.
  • Language constructs that help illuminate oppression and privilege in American society.
  • 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 take great pains to ensure that 1) the point-of-view of the workshop is transparent from the outset, and that 2) 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.

The workshop cohort must be a minimum of 15 people and a maximum size of 25.

For more information about our Health Equity and Social Justice Workshop please email: