Dr. Harris will share many insights on health equity, based on her years of experience. She will define health equity as having the conditions, resources, opportunities, and power to achieve optimal health. She will share a public health framework for health equity, including social inequities, institutional inequities, living conditions, risk behaviors, disease and injury, and mortalities. And key opportunities for engagement including strategic partnerships, community organizing, civic engagement, health education, case management, healthcare, and public policy.
She will also share her perspective on the reasons for the unequal impact of COVID for communities of color, and she will advocate that words really matter, with equality and often well-intended concepts but not always grounded in our current reality or leading to justice as an ultimate goal.
Supporting all of these concepts will be her repeated requests for data to help identify and bring evidence and context to light, supporting intellectually honest conversations that can turn data into action.