Social Justice: a public health imperative

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The theme of the American Public Health Association‘s annual meeting this year is “Social Justice: a public health imperative.” As I have explored in previous blog posts and e-learning units, social justice is an important core of preventing sexual violence and domestic violence.

So I was delighted to see the most important public health meeting highlight social justice work. The APHA Annual Meeting will take place in Denver, Colo., Nov. 6-10, 2010.

Social Justice lies at the heart of public health. It is central to its mission and is frequently described as public health’s core value. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work, play a greater role in longevity and overall health in the United States than genes, health insurance and access to health services. Annual Meeting sessions will explore why certain populations bear a disproportionate burden of disease and mortality and what the public health community can do to better address the causes of these inequities.

At this meeting, I will share “Prevention Connection: An online ‘community of practice’ to advance primary prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual violence” at a poster session.  If you are in Denver this coming November, stop by.

David Lee

David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project Prevention Connection, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 29 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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  • nsvrc July 2, 2010, 4:37 PM

    The national sexual violence resource center will be there exhibiting and looks forward to these rich discussions!