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NCCDH: Movement-building for system change and health equity

  • 06 May 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Webinar

“Movement building is the effort of social change agents to engage power holders and the broader society in addressing a systemic problem or injustice while promoting an alternative vision or solution”  

Public health efforts in social justice and policy change to achieve health equity require multi-level action across health and non-health sectors, including community-based organizations and citizens. A ‘movement building’ approach to inter-sectoral work for health equity goes beyond being part of coalitions and delivering services or programs to “bridge the gap.” Movement building works towards a systemic solution by harnessing the synergy of meaningful relationships that exist based on common values and leveraging different positional roles, strategies and tactics to influence social and institutional change.

The NCCDH recently published a practice brief, which discusses movement building for health equity being rooted intentional and meaningful alliances with social justice organizations, and the importance of addressing power imbalances in cross-sector relationships. Public health plays a necessary role in supporting  the efforts of social movements and community actions that lead to sustainable change in values and policies, which are necessary for system-level change to achieve health equity.

This webinar will bring together Human Impact Partners (HIP) and the Tamarack Institute for a rich discussion about changing the way that we think about intersectoral action and the role of public health in movement building to achieve health equity. This interactive discussion will explore what movement-building is, conditions for systems change and how movement-building intersects with transformative change and community power.

Learning objectives

  • Describe Tamarack Institute and HIP’s movement building work to advance health equity
  • Discuss different ways of understanding power and social change
  • Explore relationships among social justice movements, community organizations, and public health
  • Identify opportunities for transformative systems-level change to achieve health equity

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