Health Equity, Trauma- (and Violence-) Informed Care, and Racial and Social Justice Resources
-A social justice goal advocating for the highest possible standard of health and healthcare for all with recognition of the impact of social, political, and economic influences on health inequities.
-Reducing/eliminating health disparities adversely affecting marginalized communities.
-Advocates for full access for all to resources that contribute to health and well-being including:
- Quality Affordable Healthcare
- Affordable Housing
- Clean & Safe Environments
- Public Policies
- Stable Income & Job Quality
- Food Security
-Addressing health disparities through the use of Structurally Competent Care in the training and services of clinicians and in healthcare systems, community organizing, public policy, and research.
Health Equity Resources/Trainings:
John Hopkins University Free Health Equity Courses
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Resources
Key Aspects of Equity-Oriented Care:
*Trauma- (and Violence-) Informed Care (TVIC):
-Recognizing how common trauma (overwhelm), violence, and structural violence is and the impact of these experiences on peoples’ lives and on their behaviors.
–Incorporating TVIC principles including:
- Creating a welcoming environment as well as an emotionally, physically, and culturally safe environment for all.
- Supporting opportunities for trust, transparency, collaboration, choice, and connection.
- Offering strengths-based approaches to build one’s ability to cope and to be resilient.
- Acknowledging the barriers people face including the impact of trauma and structural violence.
*Social and Racial Justice Resources:
-Social and racial justice have a significant impact on health equity and health justice as structural injustices including racism, queerphobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, and income inequality dramatically contribute to health disparities. These forms of injustice must be addressed for there to be equity and justice for all.