Future Search: Action for Disrupting White Supremacy and Racism in Public Health Systems Workshop Report
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In May 2022, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR–IPPH) and the NCCDH cohosted a virtual workshop Future Search: Action for Disrupting White Supremacy and Racism in Public Health Systems. This workshop was the result of over a year of organizational collaborations and a joint desire to envision actively anti-racist public health systems and identify concrete actions for disrupting White supremacy.
This report documents activities and discussions that took place with a broad range of public health actors, including students, researchers, practitioners and decision-makers, intersectoral partners and community organizations, during this action-oriented workshop. All participants were actively working on the social and structural determinants of health and health equity from across this land now known as Canada.
The workshop used a Future Search process to bring people together with different forms of knowledge and expertise from the “whole system” to work together to identify common ground and collective action. Participants moved through five stages - focusing on the past, reflecting on trends influencing the present, envisioning desired futures, and identifying common ground statements and action plans to turn those desired futures into reality.
The report, particularly the commitments made in the eight common ground statements and associated action plans, is intended to act as inspiration and a starting point for all those in public health and beyond, planning to act to disrupt White supremacy and racism within public health systems.
Use this resource to:
- facilitate discussion on ways to actively disrupt White supremacy and racism in public health systems;
- guide concrete action on disrupting White supremacy and racism in public health systems; and
- move beyond an exclusive focus on anti-racism training and education.
Alignment with NCCDH work:
Identifies concrete actions for public health and other sectors to disrupt White supremacy and racism in public health systems in this land now known as Canada, in line with our anti-racism and anti-White supremacy work.
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health & Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health. (2023). Future Search: Action for Disrupting White Supremacy and Racism in Public Health Systems Workshop Report. Antigonish, NS: NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.