"Health is More Than Healthcare"
Health Equity Circle
One of our main goals at Health Equity Circle is to develop leaders within the Health Sciences fields and community. In order to do so, we strive to provide different opportunities for students to step up and teach, organize, and advocate. We work to provide training and give space for students to move into action through campaigns with the help of IAF Northwest's Sound Alliance. Below are some of the ways we get our students involved:
The Core Leadership Team (CLT) are a group of students dedicated to translating the Health Equity Circle mission/vision from words into action. They work together to prioritize and organize to move the needle on Social Determinants of Health and support other leaders in their development. They also maintain the relationship with Sound Alliance and UW Health Sciences schools.
Applications for the Core Leadership Team go out twice a year: Autumn and Spring Quarters. In order to learn more to see how you will fit, please see the description below and contact us if you would like an application.
UCONJ 624: Health Equity and Community Organizing is an inter-professional, one credit, non-clinical elective (selective) course for all health professions graduate students offered as "credit/no credit." With instructor permission, undergraduates may be eligible for this course. UCONJ 624 aims to equip student leaders with the tools they need to organize themselves and others to address the social and structural injustices that contribute to and perpetuate health disparities, often along lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and citizenship status. Through interdisciplinary learning activities, students will work with each other and local leaders to engage in community driven listening and advocacy campaigns. The didactic coursework will be complemented by community engagement opportunities allowing students to apply skills, gain confidence, and collaborate around a community-driven campaign. While specific to the context community advocacy campaigns are emerging from, all campaigns share the common themes of eliminating structural obstacles that impede health equity and improving access to a life of dignity for individuals and communities marked as “vulnerable,” “other,” and/or “underserved.” The class is taught in partnership between Sound Alliance and Health Equity Circle student leaders and faculty adviser.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the class, request an add code, or would like to get involved.
Health Equity Circle