236458 Introduction “Critical Histories of Community Health Centers”

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Sarah Ramirez, MPH, PHD , Stanford University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Prevention Ressearch Center; Tulare County Department of Public Health, Visalia, CA
I will moderate this panel, introduce the speakers, and facilitate a discussion about the history of community health centers and their relationship to social movements, social justice, and the health of communities. Community health centers affirm that an access to health care and the opportunity to enjoy good health are basic human rights. Some of the questions that may be addressed by the panel include: How are the histories of Community Health Centers (CHCs) and social movements related? What have been the benefits and/or consequences of CHCs for promoting equity, justice, and reducing health disparities? How might these historical lessons inform the work of CHCs today and in the future?

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1) to learn about the history of community health centers and explain their relationship to social movements, social justice, and the health of communities; 2) to describe the relevance of this history and how it might inform healthy communities today; 3) to bring together practitioners and historians in a productive dialogue

Keywords: History, Community Health Centers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am newly involved as member of the the social history of public health subcommittee of the Spirit of 1848. My doctoral research examined the history of public health policy and practice and the production of inequities.
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.