Health Justice Advocacy

Health Justice Advocacy Training & Consulting: Health & Social Justice, Trauma & Violence-Informed Care, Culturally Safe & Structurally Competent Care, Structural & Health Equity.

Lissa is available for training and consulting services related to health justice advocacy including implementing health equity-oriented care, trauma- and violence- informed care, health and social justice, and structurally-competent care. Please contact Lissa via the business inquiries form for additional information.

Resources & Education

*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 Access
    • 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

*Social Determinants of Health (SDOH):

  • SDOH include factors such as where people are born, grow, work, live, and age as well as their likeliness to experience structural racism, discrimination, poverty, income inequality, interpersonal violence, and lack of community resources.
  • SDOH have a significant impact on health and well-being and must be addressed utilizing community/systems-centered approaches and solutions to reduce health inequities and health disparities.
Image outlines Social Determinants of Health categories including Economic Stability, Neighborhood, Education, Food, Community, HealthCare System and Associated Health Outcomes
Social Determinants of Health Image by Kaiser Family Foundation

*Health Equity Resources/Trainings:

*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.
  • 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:

  • Free TVIC Foundations Curriculum (EQUIP)
  • TVIC Principles Guide (EQUIP)
  • Preventing, Recognizing, and Addressing Vicarious Trauma Guide (EQUIP)

*TVIC Practice Video:

Trauma & Violence Informed Practice Video from OPDI.

*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, and income inequality dramatically contribute to health disparities. These forms of injustice must be addressed for there to be equity and justice for all.
    • Video on Intersectionality by KimberlĂ© Crenshaw
    • Racial Equity and Intersectionality Resources
    • Intersectionality & Social Identity Resources
    • Land Reparations & Indigenous Solidarity Toolkit
    • Indigenous People’s History of the United States for Young People curriculum guide
    • Standing Rock Syllabus
    • How to Hide an Empire: A History of the US article
    • A People’s History of the United States book excerpt 
    • Land Acknowledgments Pros and Cons resources
    • Appropriation, Aggression, and Gaslighting post
    • Alternative and Substitutes for Appropriative or Problematic Language Resource

This resource and education list was last updated in June 2022.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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