214299 Has social justice become the new diversity? A critical examination of public health pedagogy driving community engagement

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 8:55 AM - 9:15 AM

Makani Themba-Nixon , The Praxis Project, Washington, DC
Increasingly, public health organizations and practitioners are using the term "social justice" to describe their approach or guiding principles for their work. To what extent has social justice become co-opted by major institutional forces such as funders and public agencies? How has this co-optation shaped public health practice including community-based interventions and resource allocation? These issues have serious implications for public health practice -- especially if the field is to engage social justice in authentic ways. This session examines common themes in co-optation and emerging practices in the development of more authentic frameworks, with an emphasis on pedagogy developed in collaboration with community constituents.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Define social justice pedagogy and its implications for public health practice 2. Describe current trends in co-opting social justice frames in public health and implications for practice 3. Identify promising trends in social justice pedagogy in public health practice

Keywords: Social Justice, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have written, published and trained others extensively on this issue and oversee a project providing training and support to public health workers in local health departments to integrate social justice approaches in to their work.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.