Online Program

Youth gardeners: Developing a youth-focused racial justice and social determinants of health curriculum

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Uchenna Ndulue, MPH, CHES, Peer Health Exchange, Boston, MA
Becca Rector, MPH, Boston Area Health Education Center, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Vivien Morris, MS, RD, MPH, LDN, Office of Racial Equity and Health Improvement, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Ra'Shaun Nalls, Peer Leadership Institute, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Jeremiah Woodberry, Health Resource Center, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Jazmine Shorter, Boston Area Health Education Center, Boston Public Health Commission
The principles of health equity and racial justice are central to understanding and promoting public health. This is especially true for youth of color who may be disproportionately vulnerable to the consequences of health inequities. However, youth often do not have the conceptual framework to describe their lived experience with racial injustice. There is a need to train youth in concepts around health equity not only because they are at risk for health inequities but because they have access to social networks that can be mobilized to make change. The Boston Public Health Commission collaborated with high-school youth to develop media messages designed to educate adolescents on health equity and racial justice concepts. We will outline the need for youth to be educated about health equity and racial justice. We will also describe the process of developing the health equity and racial justice curriculum including the strategies we utilized to facilitate a youth-designed media message around health equity using Camara Jones’ “Gardner’s Tale” analogy of structural racism as a framework. Lastly we will discuss the challenges and lessons learned translating health equity concepts for youth through a traditional health education framework.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Program planning
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify challenges to youth engagement in traditional health education interventions Describe the key components of a racial justice framework Describe best practices for translating theoretical public health and social justice frameworks to youth

Keyword(s): Youth, Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the project manager for multiple grants that have to do with educating youth about social justice and health equity. In my current role as director of the Boston Area Health Education Center I have been responsible for incorporating a racial justice and health equity framework into our work with adolescent youth. Among my interests is how to develop programs and interventions to expose youth to key public health principles.
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.