5155.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Re-examining the Links Between Social Justice And Public Health Nursing

The purpose of this session is to explore linkages between social justice and public health nursing. As public health nurses work to create a better, healthier world, particularly for vulnerable populations, issues of social justice inevitably appear. Although social justice is considered by many to be the cornerstone of public health practice, its presence within public health nursing is less evident. Increasing attention is being given to the concept of social justice as the number of individuals living in poverty grows. Despite a period of economic growth in the U.S., there continues to be differentials in morbidity and mortality, and unequal access to health care services based on individuals’ race, class, and/or gender. Recent research documenting connections between maldistribution of wealth and health status, points to the importance of addressing social inequities as a step towards eliminating health disparities. Social justice, therefore, as a crucial aspect of public health theory, education, and nursing practice, warrants close examination. The session begins with an overview of social justice, followed by an historical examination of social justice and its link to current public health nursing literature. Presenters then discuss how factors, such the market justice and social capital, complicate forging links between public health nursing and social justice
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Organizer(s):Denise J. Drevdahl, RN, PhD
12:30 PMSocial justice as a principle for public health nursing
Kathleen K. Shannon Dorcy, RN, MN
12:50 PMReconnecting public health nursing with its social justice roots
Mary K. Canales, RN, PhD
1:10 PMIs social justice achievable through building social capital?
Shawn M. Kneipp, PhD, ARNP
1:30 PMBankrupting public health and social justice
Denise J. Drevdahl, RN, PhD
Sponsor:Public Health Nursing
Cosponsors:Environment; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers; Social Work; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA