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Advancing Health Equity Through Power Building and Narrative Change (On Demand-No CE) is a Course

Advancing Health Equity Through Power Building and Narrative Change (On Demand-No CE)

Started Mar 4, 2021


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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free version of the course.

To bring health equity to life in our work, we need to understand the role power plays in transforming our society’s racial, class, and gender structures — the structures that create health inequities. Power takes shape in how communities organize for their own well-being (sometimes called ‘building community power’), it takes shape in the cross-sector alliances we build to influence the political agenda, and it takes shape in how we think and talk about what’s possible to achieve (sometimes called ‘public narratives’).
In this 1-hour webinar, Jonathan Heller and Ana Tellez from Human Impact Partners will discuss how these elements of power can be harnessed to operationalize health equity in public health practice. The interactive training will include Midwest-specific examples of health departments taking on narrative change to advance health equity as well as an overview of the, a resource tailored for governmental public health organizations.

This course includes a case study based on current events (from 2019) to illustrate concepts of the narrative.

Public health professionals including nurses, local health department professionals and those working in other health-related agencies.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the role of building community power in advancing health equity.
  • Identify how public narratives are a source of power in policymaking.
  • Explain how public health professionals can engage in public narrative change to advance health equity.
  • Describe 4 types of strategic practices that governmental public health organizations can use to drive transformational change to advance health equity.


Jonathan Heller, PhD, Co-Founder and Director of Human Impact Partners

Ana Tellez, MA, Communications Director at Human Impact Partners

The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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