Title: Teaching Through the Lens of Social Justice: Promoting Equity in Health Education and Promotion
Stream: Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Shannon Gifford, Springfield College, United States
The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and national movements such as #MeToo, #Time'sUp and #BlackLivesMatter have propelled health promotion, social justice and equity to the forefront of nearly all facets of life. Health equity addresses the concept that health is a right, and not a privilege, and that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This workshop will provide a forum for participants to discuss the social, economic, and political factors that impact health, health status and health promotion. Participants will discuss the concepts of social justice and health equity as they relate to school health education, and the importance of addressing these issues within the health curriculum. Instead of advocating for a one-and-done lesson or assembly on health equity, participants will examine every, or almost every topic under discussion in the health education classroom, and brainstorm ways that social justice and health equity can be integrated into discussions and lessons for students. Ideas for specific learning experiences will be shared and discussed. Participants will be able to share their experiences with each other and leave with concrete ideas they can use in their own classrooms.
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