Webinar: Strategies for Advancing Equity

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Presented by: Cerise Hunt, PhD, MSW


As inequities continue to permeate our society, it’s important for prevention leaders to build their organization’s capacity to advance health equity.  This session will explore the institutionalized, personally-mediated and structural mechanisms, which cause or perpetuate differences in opportunities, stresses and exposures as well as prevention service access and quality. Participants will identify practical strategies to act individually and collectively to address challenges and systemic barriers that impact the communities we serve.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine their practice through an equity lens
  2. Identify tools that support strategies for operationalizing health equity (apply theory to practice/action)

Key Takeaways:

  1. Health equity will exist when all people can access the resources they need to maintain their health.
  2. Instead of hoping that equity will result from our work, we must make it the core “design principle” of initiatives.
  3. We must be intentional about progressing health equity, shifting from theory to actual practice, doing the work.

We encourage everyone to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html  

About Cerise Hunt, PhD, MSW

Cerise Hunt, PhD, MSW is the Director for the Center for Public Health Practice, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at Colorado School of Public Health. Cerise was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative. She is also a founding member of the Healthy Babies Strong Families Healthy Start Community Action Network, which is a multi-sector collective impact initiative committed to the reduction of the African American/Black infant mortality rate and the promotion of positive birth outcomes.

Prior to her employment with the Colorado School of Public Health, Cerise was the Health Disparities Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Health Disparities. There, she was charged with developing and implementing state-wide strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. Dr. Hunt’s research explores topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion and organizational change; racial and ethnic health disparities; and community outreach and mobilization among diverse populations.

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