Health Equity and Racial Justice Pathway
The Health Equity and Racial (HEAR) Justice Pathway engages learners in conversations, skill building, and reflection around improving health outcomes for people of color, promoting equity in the medical workforce, and actively dismantling systems of oppression that perpetuate health inequities.
The first Community of Praxis Meeting for 2023-2024 will be held on July 10, 6:00-7:30pm. We welcome all and please register to attend.
HEAR Justice Pathway Objectives
It is the aim of the pathway to create a longitudinal learning experience for trainees and medical students committed to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in health care, and create meaningful opportunities to advance racial justice.
The main objectives that drive the HEAR Justice pathway are:
- Foundational Frameworks: understand foundational concepts and frameworks to advance racial and social justice
- Equity in Patient Care: gain knowledge and skills necessary to improve care for marginalized patient populations in order to advance health equity
- Interpersonal Relationships and Community Building: understand the complexity and power dynamics in their interpersonal relationships and build community with colleagues, patients, and families from diverse backgrounds
- Critical Self-Reflection and Personal Inquiry: critically reflect on their intersectionality and positionality in order to continuously advance along the anti-oppression continuum
- Health Systems and Structures: examine inequity and oppression in the broader healthcare system and apply strategies to reduce systemic oppression through advocacy and policy change
HEAR Justice Course Highlights
Many learners are interested in reducing the impact of racism on health. This Pathway will offer a week-long didactic experience that engages learners in conversations, skill building, and reflection around improving health outcomes for people of color, promoting equity in the medical workforce, and actively dismantling systems of oppression that perpetuate health inequities.
Learners may either participate in the 5-day course, and have the option to engage in community of praxis meetings after the course.
- Introduce participants to tools to understand the complexity of real world problems that oppose the advancement of health and equity and racial justice; to engage learners in building skills to meaningfully address these problems and transform society
- Present impactful sessions led by experts and community partners in varying modalities such as lectures, workshops, panels, simulation sessions, small group reflections and de-briefs and community experiences
- Engage learners in reflecting, discussing and applying concepts learned in smaller learning communities facilitated by faculty to advance racial justice principles so learners can develop anti-racist, equity-informed approaches to address real world problems
- Provide an opportunity for learners to apply equity-informed approaches and an anti-racist lens to their individual work or participate in small groups to address program/project challenge or personal challenge
Community of Praxis
After completing the intensive course, learners may elect to participate in Community of Praxis sessions. These sessions aim to create a longitudinal, supportive learning community for participants to engage in critical self-reflection and personal growth. Learners will receive support from the course directors and fellow participants as they deepen their engagement in anti-oppression praxis in their personal and professional development. These hour-long drop-in sessions will be held several times throughout the year during lunch or weekday evening hours. The sessions will be tailored to the learners’ individual needs, and may include:
- Doing a deeper dive into foundational concepts and frameworks discussed during the intensive course
- Helping learners apply an antiracism and health equity lens to scholarly projects (e.g., quality improvement, research, curriculum development, community collaborations)
- Discussing challenges learners are facing in their antiracism journey and sharing strategies and resources
- Making space to discuss experiences of racism and oppression in the learning environment and current events