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Populations and the power of language

As part of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) Let’s Talk series, the NCCDH has released Let’s Talk… Populations and the power of language. The document explores the language public health practitioners and organizations use to label populations that are identified by their social, economic, geographic or other demographic characteristics.

Webinar (April 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST) - Join the NCCDH in conversation with academics, practitioners and other community stakeholders. During this interactive webinar, participants will:

  • reflect on the values and assumptions underlying our choice of language in public health
  • explore how terminology can support or hinder our efforts to reduce health inequities

To register for this webinar, click here.

Online community conversation (April 21 to 25, 2014) - During the week of the Fireside chat, we’ll hold an online conversation in Health Equity Clicks: Community  from April 21 to 25, 2014.  Help us create content for the webinar by asking questions and posting your reflections about using language to describe population groups in Canadian public health practice.

Discussion questions
  •     What words do you generally use to describe populations?
  •     What are the benefits, drawbacks and power dynamics of your language?
  •     What power dynamics are implied by the language of poor people and people who live in poverty?
  •     How does your language change when you are in different settings (e.g., health department, school, municipal office)? Is this appropriate?
  •     Can a change in language change power dynamics?
  •     What actions are you taking to modify the power dynamics that create ill-health?
Recommended reading: Let’s Talk… Populations and the power of language

 

 

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