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Economic Inequity and Health Training

Prescription for Inequity:

Strategies for Addressing Economic Inequity and Improving Health

Health outcomes in the United States are worse than most other developed nations, despite the soaring amount of money we spend on healthcare. One root cause? Economic inequity – or the extreme disparity in wealth between the richest and poorest in our society.

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility is working to change that, and we invite you to join us! We are hosting an advocacy workshop where attendees can learn more about how inequity affects health, as well as strategies for reducing inequity and mitigating its negative consequences. Participants will not only learn about the causes and consequences of inequity, but will also gain tools for effective advocacy to address these issues locally.

By attending this workshop, you will learn more about:

- Inequity in US and WA, and our health status compared to other countries

- Persuasive communication and advocacy skills

- Progressive taxation and other wealth distribution opportunities in WA

- Local efforts to address homelessness, with an emphasis on strategies for greater Seattle

- Harm reduction strategies, with a focus on reducing opioid overdose and death

Topics covered will include:

  • US and WA inequity and health status

  • Communication and advocacy skills

  • Presentations on:

    • Progressive taxation/wealth distribution opportunities in WA

    • Housing and homelessness, with an emphasis on strategies for greater Seattle

    • Harm reduction, with a focus on reducing opioid overdose and death

Speakers will include:

  • Lee Hochberg: communications lecturer at UW; former PBS NewsHour correspondent; former KCTS producer

  • Dr. Stephen Bezruchka: senior lecturer at UW, Health Services and Global Health

  • Aaron Katz: lecturer at UW, Health Services and Global Health; founding board member of Washington State Budget & Policy Center

  • Alex Brennan: senior planner at Capitol Hill Housing

  • Drs. Alicia Ashby, Ashlin Mountjoy, Atoosa Kourosh

When: Saturday, October 20th, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Where: New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118

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This workshop is free, and open to the public. A light lunch and snacks will be served. Attendees who are able are encouraged to join or donate to WPSR.