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January 30, 2020 | 1:00–2:00 p.m. (ET)

Webinar: Disruptive opportunities to enhance capacity for equity-oriented action in the health sector


This webinar took place in English.

As part of the Organizational Capacity for Health Equity Action initiative, the NCCDH is hosting a series of webinars to discuss ways to strengthen organizational capacity for health equity. The webinar series is based on evidence, learning circle discussions and experiences of the two public health organizations implementing organizational change projects. This is the fifth webinar in the series.

Equity-oriented action in the health sector is often perceived and experienced as disruptive because it seeks to shift power and transform how organizations and systems function. When disruptive opportunities are nurtured, practitioners and decision-makers have the space to reflect on the structures and systems that manifest health inequities and reimagine practice and policy.

We draw on examples from the organizational health equity intervention known as EQUIP Health Care. The EQUIP Health Care intervention is based on three key dimensions for enacting equity-oriented healthcare:

  • Culturally Safe Care
  • Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care [TVIC]
  • Harm Reduction

Each dimension must be contextually tailored to fit local settings.

Psychological safety

This webinar explores the idea of psychological safety and its potential to strengthen capacity for health equity actions within organizations. The promotion of psychological safety contributes to these aims by supporting the interpersonal risk-taking and courage needed for work in health equity. Leadership plays a critical role in framing disruption as opportunities for action.

Speakers discuss practical strategies that support practitioners to challenge inequity-generating practices and processes. These strategies are also meant to help practitioners move beyond usual ways of working to support equity-oriented approaches.

Listeners will learn about

  • disruptive actions that can be viewed as opportunities to enhance capacity for health equity action; and
  • the role of leaders in supporting conditions and contexts for implementing equity-oriented actions in public health and other settings.