Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Our Prevention Work


The Great Lakes PTTC offers this training for prevention practitioners and behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.  This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

This webinar will focus on the importance of applying a racial equity “lens” to effective prevention and offer practical tools for integrating racial equity frameworks into prevention practice.  


Learning Objectives

  • Define a racial equity lens and its application in prevention
  • Explore the historic and contemporary relationship of prevention to racial equity and the implications – especially in the context of community-based work
  • Describe practical approaches to developing prevention strategies that are informed by a racial equity lens, including their application to the SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)


Speaker: Makani Themba, Higher Ground Change Strategies


Makani Oval

Makani Themba is Chief Strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies based in Jackson, Mississippi. A social justice innovator and pioneer in the field of change communications and narrative strategy, she has spent more than 20 years supporting organizations, coalitions and philanthropic institutions in developing high impact change initiatives.  Higher Ground Change Strategies provides her the opportunity to bring her strong sense of history, social justice and organizing knowledge, and deft movement facilitation skills  in support of change makers seeking to take their work to the next level. Read Ms.Themba’s full bio.

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