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Teaching Public Health with Cultural Humility

11 am - 2 pm : Lunch will be provided


Vivian Chávez, DrPH, Assoc Prof, Department of Health Education

San Francisco State University

While technology is changing the face of teaching and learning, racism, stigma and discrimination continue to be active social determinants above and beyond income and wealth. Preparing future public health professionals must enhance the quality of learning environments, be dynamic and attend to interpersonal relationships between students, professors and community partners. Cultural Humility describes a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation, redressing power imbalances, and developing and maintaining mutually respectful dynamic partnerships based on mutual trust. This experiential workshop will introduce the concept of cultural humility and through a variety of methods, participants will engage with what it means. The goal is to create a safe space for dialogue and practice.

Dr. Vivian Chávez is an Associate Professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University.  Her courses infuse a global dimension to health promotion and disease prevention focused on solutions, resiliency and common values.  Dr. Chávez has an eclectic background in public health, violence prevention, expressive arts, and community organizing. A storyteller by nature, she has developed a teaching approach to heal the mind/body divide characteristic of higher education. Her passion is to promote wellness and social justice by developing respectful partnerships that use diverse research methods to produce visual evidence that can be used by a broad range of audiences in public health practice, policy and research to eliminate health disparities.  Over the last decade she has collaborated with community based organizations to disseminate their work.  To this end, she co-edited the textbook Primary Prevention: Strategies in Community Wellbeing, co-authored Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories, and translated Media Advocacy into Spanish for culturally appropriate and community accessible terminology.  Her latest video project, Cultural Humility: People, Principles & Practices http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaSHLbS1V4w is a 30-minute documentary that mixes poetry with music, interviews, archival footage, and images of nature and dance to describe what cultural humility is and why it’s needed. Originally developed to address health disparities and institutional inequities in medicine, cultural humility encourages all professionals to examine power, privilege and stereotyping to create a broader, more inclusive view of the world.

  Location: 3005 Michael Hooker Research Center
  Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
  Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Sponsor: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health - Academic Practices Committee
  Price: Free
  For more information, contact the event administrator: Angelica Figueroa amfiguer@email.unc.edu