3414.2 APHA President-elect Session: Health Equity , Social Justice and the Social Determinants of Health: From Theory to Practice/”Makin’ It Real”

Monday, October 29, 2012: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
There is a long and increasingly well documented history of health inequities in this country based on race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. We have recently been made aware of similar data regarding other groups and inequities such as the disabled and the LGBT community. The existence of these inequities speaks to an upstream model of the causation. Use of “health equity language” and linking it to social justice and human rights is also on the rise (Healthy People 2020, Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality) suggesting a shifting mentality when it comes to these issues. However, theory even expanded in acceptance does not equal action toward creating health equity. This session is designed to highlight work being done in the US around achieving health equity and focusing on the social determinants of health with a discussion of application and replication around the country. It will include an introduction to the NACCHO web based course on the Roots of Health Inequity.
Session Objectives: Identify examples of work designed to achieve health equity in the US. Discuss the process of moving from theory to practice regarding health equity. Identify the role of the social determinants of health and the importance of policy in achieving health equity.
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH

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