Health Equity Training Series 2018

Public Health Advocacy. Public Health Advocates help communities become places that nurture health and well-being for all people. There are many factors, or determinants, that affect health and have a tremendous influence on health outcomes. The physical environment, social and economic factors, and clinical care all play a part in an individual’s health. The term “public health advocacy” refers to educating, organizing, and mobilizing for systems change in population health. Current and future threats to the health of a community are identified and public health advocates work to inform, create, and influence legislation and change the environment in order to create circumstances in which optimal health is possible. The 2018 Embracing Health Equity Training series will identify some of the current threats to the health of the Columbus community and examine the ways in which we, as public health practitioners, can advocate for change.



Cradle to Prison Pipeline: A Public Health Crisis The overemphasis on school policies and practices in schools has led to an increasing number of children who become involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Given the growth of youth incarcerated, there is a need to address school discipline and intervention strategies to decrease drop-out rates and improve access to positive career and higher educational opportunities. Research shows the cradle/school to prison pipeline disproportionately impacts students based on their race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and disability. Please join us for a discussion on the impacts the cradle/school to prison pipeline has on youths and our communities and how you can advocate for positive change.

Presented By: 
Ashon McKenzie, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
Date: April 27, 2018
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Hurt People, Hurt People: Cycles of Violence in Fractured Communities When we ignore the impact of devastating events or of on-going traumatic situations, the unreleased energy from the flight, fight freeze response remains trapped in our bodies. It causes hyper-arousal or numbing, or alternating between the two extremes. The meaning we give to what happened (e.g. “It was all my fault,” or “I’m going to get them back”) eats away at our minds, bodies and spirits. The impact of carrying these wounds of trauma takes its toll. The normal trauma reactions we experienced initially can morph into something more menacing: cycles of violence. During this training, participants will have the opportunity to examine the impact of violence exposure on child development; discuss factors that lead to violence and aggressive behavior in individuals; and examine evidence-based interventions to mitigate violent behavior, including aggression, delinquency, violent crime and child abuse.

Presented By: Center for Family Safety and Healing 
Date: July 25th, 2018

Effects of Reentry after Incarceration on Families and Communities According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), at any one time, nearly 6.9 million people are on probation, in jail, in prison, or on parole in the United Sates. Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons. Another 9 million cycle through local jails. More than two-thirds of prisoners are rearrested within 3 years of their release and half are re-incarcerated. When reentry fails, the costs are high — more crime, more victims, and more pressure on already-strained state and municipal budgets. There is also more family distress and community instability. USDHHS estimates roughly 1 in 28 children currently has a parent behind bars. Mass incarceration has been a major driver of poverty, and health and poverty are inextricably intertwined. Join us for a discussion on how to advocate for effective evidence based strategies that support healthy reentry back to families and communities.

Presented By: Joey Green, Columbus Urban League; Kay Wilson, LeaderSpark; and Kysten A. Palmore, Franklin County Reentry Coalition
Date: September 5th, 2018 

Pro-active Approaches to Addressing Racial Trauma

Racial trauma is defined as trauma experienced from “witnessing racial violence, institutional racism, and personal encounters of racism.” Racial trauma is a prevalent concern in many communities, including Columbus. Often mimicking the clinical diagnosis of PTSD, racial trauma is experienced by a significant number of people of color.  This form of trauma requires deliberate solutions that engender the values of listening and community engagement as starting points. Decades of research have noted the impact of discrimination and racism on the psychological health of communities of. Join us for a discussion on how to effectively address and begin healing the hidden wounds of racial trauma.

Presented By: Kim Brazwel, Kimistry LLC
Date: October 10th, 2018 
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