Centering Language in the Pursuit of Health Equity
Public health language is constantly evolving to better meet the needs of the community and address problems more effectively, because using more inclusive language can help build relationships and create safety and comfort for historically marginalized peoples. When inclusive language is lacking, it can create friction during budding relationships with communities. This training will address the use of language in the field of public health, and how actively working to use inclusive language is a necessity in equity work. The trainers will provide a framework for interrogating our language using hands-on activities and small group discussion, to push participants to consider the language they use in their work, and where there might be gaps.
Audience: Coalition leaders and partners, community groups, individuals working towards community health.
Trainers: Jasper Lee and Tonayo Crow, Health Resources in Action
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
- Empower themselves to have a deeper understanding of inclusive language, and how to use it in their work.
- Use frameworks and concepts to help them interrogate public health language.
- Identify how to apply these lessons to create safer and more comfortable workspaces.
MA DPH Coalition Criteria Addressed:
- Shared vision including a focus on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity.
- Consistency with MA DPH’s goals and priorities.
- Participation from key stakeholders (individuals and organizations that have a vested stake or interest in a program or policy initiative, e.g., it will impact them directly).