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Embracing Hopelessness

January 22, 2020 / Health Equity Learning Series
Miguel De La Torre, PhD

Miguel De La Torre, PhD, professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, presented on the concept of hope as a uniquely Eurocentric phenomenon, and how and why he believes that hopelessness, as a state of mind, can actually fuel social-justice work.

Violence Against Indigenous Womxn*: Sexism, Colonialism and Health Equity

January 10, 2019 / Health Equity Learning Series
Taté Walker

Taté Walker presented on the violence and marginalization faced by Indigenous women, primarily due to the ongoing, chronic impacts of settler colonialism. Walker, who is Lakota and a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is an Indigenous rights activist and award-winning multimedia storyteller.

Sick of Being Poor: The Deadly Impacts of Poverty

September 5, 2018 / Health Equity Learning Series
Niki Okuk

Niki Okuk founded RCO Tires in 2012. The Compton, California-based company has recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills, and provides stable jobs for Black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status. Okuk’s talk explored the way systemic class oppression operates to make and keep people poor, and the toll this can take.

Race in Today’s Medicine: Science, History and Myth

May 22, 2018 / Health Equity Learning Series
Harriet A. Washington

Harriet A. Washington is a science writer, editor and ethicist. Ms. Washington discussed health inequities from the lens of structural racism, including an examination of medical experimentation on people of color, gene patenting and other topics. Recordings with English subtitles provided.

Beyond Service Provision and Disparate Outcomes: Disability Justice Informing Communities of Practice

February 28, 2017 / Health Equity Learning Series
Lydia X. Z. Brown

Lydia X. Z. Brown, past president of TASH New England, chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and a board member of the Autism Women’s Network, presented on inequities in health services for disabled people with an intersectional focus on race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Recordings with English and Spanish subtitles provided.

Racism and Health Inequities

November 10, 2016 / Health Equity Learning Series
Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH

Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Partners in Equity and Inclusion (Minneapolis, Minn.), explored the historical context of structural racism, its role in creating health inequities in the United States, and the importance of naming and recognizing racism in order to mitigate its impact on society and health. Recordings with English and Spanish subtitles provided.

Health Equity and Community Engagement

February 5, 2015 / Health Equity Learning Series
Doran Schrantz

Doran Schrantz, executive director of ISAIAH in Minnesota, discussed community organizing, political power and other topics. Spanish and English recordings provided.

Social Movement-building for Health Equity

May 8, 2021 / Health Equity Learning Series
Manuel Pastor, PhD

Manuel Pastor, PhD, a professor of sociology, American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, presented on how building a social movement can help achieve health equity and how communities can be involved. His presentation included recent success stories and a list of 10 key elements to building an effective social movement, such as the need for scale, a viable economic model and a pragmatic policy package.

Telling the Health Equity Story

August 21, 2014 / Health Equity Learning Series
Laura Frank and Llewellyn Smith

Laura Frank, president and general manager of news for Rocky Mountain PBS, and Llewellyn Smith, director of media for production at BlueSpark Collaborative, presented how they have told the story of health disparities through video, print and photos, as well as the importance of sharing compelling health equity stories.

Addressing Barriers to Health Equity

January 31, 2013 / Health Equity Learning Series
Paula Braveman, MD

Paula Braveman, MD, MPH, a leading national expert on health equity, discussed barriers to achieving optimal health faced by racial and ethnic minorities, low-income and other disadvantaged populations. Dr. Braveman serves as director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health within the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Creating Health Equity

September 12, 2013 / Health Equity Learning Series
Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause, ScM, Nichole June Maher, MPH, & Yanique Redwood PhD

Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause, ScM, Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation; Nichole June Maher, MPH, President and CEO from the Northwest Health Foundation in Oregon; and Yanique Redwood, PhD, President and CEO at the Consumer Health Foundation in Washington, DC, shared their challenges, successes and lessons for communities in Colorado working toward health equity. (L. to r.: Nichole June Maher, MPH; Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause, ScM; Yanique Redwood, PhD.)

How Health Policy Advances Health Equity

June 6, 2013 / Health Equity Learning Series
Brian Smedley, PhD, MA

Brian Smedley, PhD, MA, a leading national expert on health equity, shared information about how states can address health equity through the Affordable Care Act, as well as other ways through which states and local communities can advance health equity. Dr. Smedley is vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Centerfor Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC.

Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.