Blueprint for Health Equity- Dutchess County

The Blueprint for Health Equity is an extraordinary opportunity for professionals in the fields of behavioral health, social services, government, law enforcement, education, healthcare, media, religious organizations, and others, to take a fresh look at the work of their organization through the eyes of the people they serve. This workshop will explore the social determinants of health through a health equity lens.

The day begins with a presentation from Dr. Martine Hackett, who will address the central question of how poverty and structural racism affect individuals, families and communities’ ability to achieve health equity. Dr. Hackett will discuss the structural causes of poverty, explore the intersection of structural racism and poverty as social determinants of health, and discuss racial health disparities in suburban areas.

The presentation is followed by the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS), led by Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. (WestCOP). This activity gives participants the unique opportunity to experience the day to day challenges of living in poverty. Participants will, with their assigned family, live out the role assigned to them for a total of four, fifteen-minute weeks, allowing them to experience a full month living in poverty. This activity is followed by a debrief session in which participants reflect together on what they will take away from the experience. To learn more about the poverty simulation, please watch this short video.

The day concludes with a presentation from Dr. Kenya Beard, who will further explore the social determinants of health, racial equity, and unconscious bias. Dr. Beard will address how to put what you learn into action, and help clients and communities achieve health equity.

Attend as an individual or bring a team from your organization. The Blueprint for Health Equity offers a chance for personal reflection and growth, and can also be a great opportunity for teams to see the services they provide through a new lens so that they can work together to effect change.

There is no cost to attend this event.

Click here to view a short video of past events 

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Date(s) - May 31, 2018
8:30 am - 3:45 pm

Dutchess County Community College


3 Executive Boulevard
3rd Floor
Yonkers NY 10701