(HEPE) College And Youth Activism On Health Disparities And Social Determinants Of Health


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Many youth leaders are compelled to do work with community based non-profit and local public health agencies as both a service learning and philanthropic component in their development as young professionals. However, despite invaluable experiential learning, students often don\'t comprehend key overarching issues such as health disparities, social determinants of health, health policy and community organizing. To address this gap and optimize their community based work, the Health Disparities Student Collaborative (HDSC), a Boston-based student group under Critical MASS for eliminating health disparities and the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service Inc. (CCHERS), developed a curriculum for students designed to broaden their perspectives while working with local public health, non-profit/community organizations and to develop their interest and ability to visualize the power of their collective voice as students and contributors to social justice work. The curriculum utilizes peer education and webinar software and covers three main topics: Current State of Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, and Youth Activism on Health Disparities/Social Determinants of Health. HDSC has collaborated with local partners CCHERS/Critical MASS and the Community Based Public Health Caucus (CBPHC) Youth Council to develop this comprehensive “Health Equality Peer Education” training.

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  • Welcome to the third and final lecture of the Health Equality Peer Educator Training. We hope that by the end of my lecture today, you feel prepared to begin making a difference with health disparities in your community!
  • Once again we would like to thank our sponsors…
  • My name is Kelsey Anilionis. I am a health science student at Northeastern University and will be graduating this May! I have become increasingly interested in public health, especially after spending 2 months in Bolivia last summer participating in different rotations at the Children’s hospital in La Paz. If you get the opportunity to study abroad or volunteer abroad, take advantage of it; it’s a great experience. My plan after graduation is to attend Physician Assistant school in the future and work in pediatrics.
  • In more recent years, many public health issues have been high on the priority list of policymakers and politicians. From both Travis and Jeff’s presentations, we have all learned that health inequities are becoming so apparent that they cannot be ignored. Last year, President Obama passed the Affordable Care Act. This is in an effort to make health insurance more affordable and accessible. He also plans to rework the eligibility requirements for Medicaid in order for more people to obtain coverage and to narrow the gap of people that are not insured, but do not meet Medicaid requirements.
  • Just some terms before we get started…
  • Active support of an idea or cause Doesn’t mean change now… Takes time Who do you direct your advocacy to? People who have the power to influence and make change Credit to critical Mass POLL HERE: HAVE
  • Examples
  • Relate to ACA Policy- large uninsured population Politics- president Obama Policy- affordable insurance and healthcare POLICY WINDOW: Change in politics
  • Awareness: not a wide demand by american people;lacking political will to decrease health disparities; not aware of direct impact Strategy: research and intervention at community level; government, private industry, academics and local interest groups involvement Support: nothing will happen without a long term commitment
  • Open discussion
  • Use example: Eduaction: decreasing funding for community colleges, increasing tuition As we learned last week, this is all important because education is a big social determinant of health University/High school boards and faculty, parents, students,
  • Campus media
  • Access to education
  • We will unmute one of you who would like to be a volunteer
  • You have all taken the first step by being involved and participating in this webinar, etc.
  • (HEPE) College And Youth Activism On Health Disparities And Social Determinants Of Health

    1. 1. Community Activism: How You Can Help By: Travis Howlette B.S., Jeff Wisniowski B.S., MPH and Kelsey Anilionis B.S. Health Equality Peer Educator Training (HEPE)
    2. 2. SPONSORS
    3. 3. Student Speaker <ul><li>Kelsey Anilionis, Health Science Major (2011), Northeastern University, Pre-PA </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Jeff Wisniowski B.S./MPH Candidate </li></ul><ul><li>Travis Howlette B.S. Health Science 2011 </li></ul>
    5. 5. Aim and Purpose of this Lecture Series
    6. 6. Take aways for this lecture
    7. 7. Introduction <ul><li>Putting together the pieces of the other lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this important now? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High priority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affordable Care Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health disparities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Terminology <ul><li>Advocacy: active support of an idea or cause </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbyist: a form of advocacy with the intention of influencing legislators </li></ul><ul><li>Legislators: any officials elected by members of your community </li></ul>
    9. 9. Show of hands…Who has… <ul><li>Talked with an elected official, whether a city council member, member of your school board, legislator?           </li></ul><ul><li>Written a letter to an elected official?           </li></ul><ul><li>Picketed or demonstrated?           </li></ul><ul><li>Written a letter to the editor?           </li></ul><ul><li>Talked to a reporter?           </li></ul><ul><li>Attended or testified at a public hearing?           </li></ul><ul><li>Participated in a community forum about an issue in the community?           </li></ul><ul><li>Voted?           </li></ul><ul><li>Told a story about something that ’ s happened that you think should be changed or done differently (at your school, etc)?           </li></ul><ul><li>Participated in a committee that ’ s trying to change systems or policies (youth group, organization or club) </li></ul><ul><li>Developed by the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center http://detroiturc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18#16 </li></ul>
    10. 10. Community Activism/Advocacy <ul><li>Advance planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you want to achieve? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who has the power to make those outcomes happen? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will you make this change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When will each step of your advocacy plan take place? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activism can be many things! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raising awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Change </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Health Policy <ul><li>“ Health policy refers to decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society. ” </li></ul><ul><li>Policy model: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kingdon 3 Stream Model </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Source : World Health Organization http://www.who.int/topics/health_policy/en/ </li></ul>
    12. 13. Things to think about <ul><li>Raise awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Support ongoing efforts </li></ul>
    13. 14. What is your community doing? <ul><li>Boston, MA </li></ul><ul><li>CriticalMASS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeks to build a statewide, multicultural network to advance the elimination of racial & ethnic health disparities, develop a clearinghouse for current research and practice initiatives related to the reduction of health disparities, create a statewide, strategic planning process for the reduction of health disparities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CCHERS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>integrate education, service, and research to eliminate persistent disparities in health of racial and ethnic minorities by ensuring health access, equity, and justice </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. HEALTH DISPARITIES STUDENT COLLABORATIVE (HDSC) <ul><li>Student group under CCHERS/Critical MASS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership with non-profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission: The Health Disparities Student Collaborative is a collaboration of students and community members who believe that together we can achieve health equity through education, advocacy and service. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of Education: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest lecturers for student body meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This training for the CBPHC YC, and other students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FL, MI, CA, CT, NY, MA, WA </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 16. HDSC CONTINUED… <ul><li>Examples of Advocacy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State house lobbying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership with Disparities Action Network and Health Care for All </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of Service: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring program at EMK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horizons for the Homeless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internship/Volunteer Placements </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. YOU AND HDSC <ul><li>HDSC is a group framework model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel free to start one in your school and we can provide help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Join us on facebook: www.facebook.com/hdscneu </li></ul><ul><li>Email us: healthdisparitiesstudentco@gmail.com </li></ul>
    17. 18. What is your community doing? <ul><li>Flint, MI </li></ul><ul><li>YOUR Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest Speaker: Terrance Campbell </li></ul></ul>
    18. 19. Chat time! <ul><li>We want to hear what you have done in your community! </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to use the chat box on the right side of the screen </li></ul>
    19. 20. Determine who you need to influence <ul><li>Who is interested in your issue, and who has the power to do something about it? </li></ul><ul><li>State senators/representatives, city council </li></ul><ul><li>Go to your state’s government website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most likely “the name of your state .gov” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed by CriticalMASS; available in toolkit: Taking Community Action on Health Disparities </li></ul></ul>
    20. 21. Figure out what persuades them <ul><li>Convince them it is both in the community’s and their best interest to put your solution into practice </li></ul><ul><li>Votes </li></ul>
    21. 22. Convince the community that your issue is their issue too <ul><li>Need full community support </li></ul><ul><li>The legislator is looking for votes! </li></ul>
    22. 23. Use the media! <ul><li>Community presentation- invite local newspaper or television station to cover it </li></ul><ul><li>Send a “press release” to the local media </li></ul><ul><li>Find reporters interested in your topic </li></ul>
    23. 24. Control your message <ul><li>Keep your focus so your message is clear </li></ul><ul><li>Positivity! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advance your cause and lead people to join you </li></ul></ul>
    24. 25. Make your legislators your allies <ul><li>Voting is power </li></ul><ul><li>Compelling cause and votes to back it up </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are a lot of issues and people determined to make a difference </li></ul></ul>
    25. 26. Policy Change Strategies <ul><li>Circulate a petition </li></ul><ul><li>Organize a demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct visits with public officials </li></ul><ul><li>Generate letters of support </li></ul><ul><li>Create a mass media campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilize residents to speak at a public hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Organize a town hall meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Identify, support, and elect local community members to public office </li></ul><ul><li>Developed by the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center http://detroiturc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18#16 </li></ul>
    26. 27. Activity! <ul><li>I am a legislator </li></ul><ul><li>I need a volunteer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are coming into my office with a small interest group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to convince me that legislation should be passed requiring kids in public schools to have physical activity everyday </li></ul></ul>
    27. 28. Wrap up <ul><li>You now have the tools to make a difference! </li></ul><ul><li>We encourage you to find organizations and initiatives that support the same cause you do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google search “(insert city/town) community coalitions” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use this network via HDSC’s facebook </li></ul></ul>
    28. 29. Questions/Comments?
    29. 30. Thank you!