Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity – Workshop Summary


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The idea of movements and movement building is inextricably linked with the history of public health. Historically, most movements—including, for example, those for safer working conditions, for clean water, and for safe food—have emerged from the sustained efforts of many different groups of individuals, which were often organized in order to protest and advocate for changes in the name of such values as fairness and human rights.

On December 5, 2013, the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities co-sponsored a workshop to explore the history of social movements, both those that are health-related and those that are not primarily focused on health. The objective was to learn and discuss lessons that may be applied by those who are working to improve health and health equity in U.S. communities. This document summarizes the workshop.