Health Justice

Health Equity, Trauma- (and Violence-) Informed Care, and Racial and Social Justice Resources

Picture with open field, rainbow, and the text: Health Justice, Trauma & Violence Informed Care, Culturally Safe & Structurally Competent Care, Racial and Social Justice, and Structural and Health Equity

*Health Equity:

-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
  • Education
  • 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.

Slide explaining the definition of structural competency and its relation to structural/social determinants of health and health disparities
Structural competency definition slide by Joshua Neff

Health Equity Resources/Trainings:

EQUIP’s Health Equity Toolkit

John Hopkins University Free Health Equity Courses

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Resources

Key Aspects of Equity-Oriented Care:

Key Dimensions of Equity-Oriented Health Care: Trauma and Violence Informed Care, Harm Reduction, Culturally Safe Care

10 Strategies to Guide Organizations in Enhancing Capacity for Equity-Oriented Services: Explicitly commit to equity. Develop supportive organizational structures, policies, and processes. Revision the use of time. Attend to power differentials. Tailor care, programs and services to local contexts. Actively counter racism and discrimination. Promote meaningful community and patient engagement. Tailor care to address inter-related forms of violence. Enhance access to the social determinants of health. Optimize use of place and space.
Key Dimensions of Equity-Oriented Health Care and Strategies to Guide Implementation from International Journal for Equity in Health

*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.

TVIC Resources:

EQUIP’s TVIC Resources

TVIC Practice Video

*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.

Photo of protestors with the sign "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
Photo by Jack Skinner on Unsplash

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