Multnomah County, Oregon, created The Equity and Empowerment Lens (with a racial justice focus) in 2012 to support the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities. The Lens is a quality improvement tool used to improve planning, decision-making and resource allocation leading to more racially equitable policies and programs. Essentially, the lens is a set of principles, reflective questions and processes that focuses at the individual, institutional and systemic levels by:
- Deconstructing factors that exacerbate health disparities;
- Reconstructing and supporting factors that promote health equity;
- Shifting the way we make decisions and think about this work; and
- Healing and transforming our structures, our environments, and ourselves.
This webinar will introduce practitioners interested in the lens to discuss the application and outcomes of this analysis in their work. Application of the equity lens ensures that policies impact community outcomes, and it creates the environment for candid dialogue about the root causes of inequities.
The presenter will discuss:
- The role and obligation of government to address not just social environments but also one’s own practices and approaches;
- Scenarios/circumstances that initiate conversation about implementing the Equity and Empowerment Lens;
- Ways in which the tool has been adapted in various settings to enhance organizational capacity and build accountability.