Making Health Justice Happen in Our Communities
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have recently brought to public attention the reality that health is much more than a personal issue. Whether we live or die, and the quality of our life, depends on the health of our social and economic institutions and the health of the environments in which we live, work, and play.
The health justice framework acknowledges that health and social and environmental justice are inseparable. The academic literatures on environmental health, the social determinants of health, and health disparities make it abundantly clear that a just society is a healthy one, and vice versa. But how do we make health justice happen?
In this workshop, academics affiliated with UC Davis Law School, UC Davis Health System, and the UC Merced school of public health will come together with community advocates to explore making health justice happen in our multiple communities. The workshop will focus on three place-based case studies -- Fresno, Huron, Sacramento, and California tribal communities – and four substantive areas in those communities where the health justice framework is moving forward: the criminal legal system, environmental justice, school discipline, and tribal self-determination. We hope that by bringing together academics and advocates for a day of deep listening and talking, we will come away with new insights and new partnerships for making health justice happen in our communities.