228316 Dialogue-Driven Leadership: Creating Traction for a Social Justice Framework for Local Public Health

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Doak Bloss, BA , Ingham County Health Department, Ingham County, Michigan, Lansing, MI
In 2009, the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) initiated its Health Equity and Social Justice Workshops—four-day, dialogue-based sessions attended by members of its own workforce and interested community members. The workshops immerse participants in an exploration of the root causes of health inequity and the consequences of unearned privilege across target and non-target groups. They are part of a multi-year effort to transform the department's practice that was first described in the 2007 NACCHO publication, Tackling Health Inequities Through Public Health Practice: A Handbook for Action. ICHD also funds and monitors dialogue-based efforts to transform practice in several other local health departments through grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

In this session, the presenter will share information on 1) the steps required to create the internal capacity to conduct these workshops; 2) workshop content; 3) the rationale behind adopting a dialogue-based approach to transforming practice; and 4) impact of the workshops on participating members of the department work force. The presenter will contrast dialogue as a driver of transformation of public health practice with other possible drivers (information, policy, training, etc.), arguing that dialogue has a unitive function in overcoming persistent bureaucratic barriers to change.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the elements of a dialogue-based workshop model for orienting public health staff to a health equity/social justice framework. 2. Differentiate dialogue as a driver of transformation in public health practice from other potential drivers (information, policy, training, etc.) 3. Assess the efficacy of a dialogue-based workshop model in transforming local public health practice.

Keywords: Social Justice, Health Departments

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I coordinate a health equity/social justice initiative for a local public health department and manage grants funding dialogue-based approaches in four other LHDs in the United States.
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.