Health Equity, Power, and the Law: Understanding and Addressing the Political & Legal Determinants of Health Equity

As more healthcare systems and professionals work to address patients’ social needs and community-level social determinants of health, few are as familiar with ways to change a related set of structures and policies that shape the distribution of power, resources, and opportunities for health in the first place: the political and legal determinants of health. Yet healthcare, public health, and social sector partners have a critical role to play in addressing these structural drivers of health equity, as well as the social movements and policy initiatives that seek to shape them.

 

This webinar, the first in our Pacesetter series this year, will be a national dialogue about health equity, power, and the law. Speakers will explore health equity’s relationship to the “political and legal determinants of health,” why they matter now as much as ever, and what we can do about them. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the role they can play in addressing these structural drivers of health equity, as well as collaborating with the movements and initiatives that seek to shape them.

 

Speakers:

  • Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, Founder & CEO of HealthBegins
  • Ellen Lawton, JD, Senior Fellow, HealthBegins & former Exec Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Maha Jweied, Fellow, NYU Center on International Cooperation; Former Head, U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Access to Justice

 

Webinar Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the structural determinants of health equity, including political and legal determinants of health, and their relationship to health care and public health
  • List at least two examples of strategies to address structural, political, and legal determinants of health equity
  • Describe opportunities for health systems and professionals to help transform the structures and policies that shape the distribution of power, resources and opportunities for health in the first place

 

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