Category: Policy Engagement

Strategic Skill Area

Social Movements in Public Health
Group of People in Protest

Course Objective

  • Describe the interrelationship between social movements and public health.
  • Compare past and present social movements that have/ have had public health implications.
  • Identify how public health practice can partner with social movement actors to promote health.

Date: August 25, 2016

Presenter:
James Colgrove PhD, MPH
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Merlin Chowkwunyun PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Peggy Shepard
Executive Director
WE ACT For Environmental Justice


Social movements throughout US history have brought about positive changes in economic conditions, environmental protections, and human rights that have directly or indirectly affected population health. It is important for public health professionals to understand the relationship between social movements and public health and how that relationship can be harnessed to improve health outcomes. This training provides examples of the wide range of social movement strategies and approaches that have been used in US history and discuss the challenges that these movements have faced. Last, this training details how WE ACT For Environmental Justice of West Harlem has successfully approached deteriorating environmental conditions and health inequalities.

Strategies to Advance Health Equity: Understanding and Influencing Corporate Practices of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Food and Beverage Industries to Promote Health
Fast Food

Course Objective

  • Explain the rationale for expanding public health practice to promote health and equity by changing corporate practices;
  • Describe at least four ways that practices of the food, alcohol and tobacco industries contribute to prevalence and inequitable distribution of chronic diseases in the US and globally;
  • Identify some of the conceptual and organizational obstacles that state and local health departments face in taking on food, alcohol and tobacco industry’s influence on health;
  • Explain how to apply “upstream” strategies to define and achieve feasible goals in their own practice.

Date: August 12, 2016

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Presenter:
Nicholas Freudenberg
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
City University of New York School of Public Health

Emily Franzosa
Senior Researcher
City University of New York School of Public Health


Tobacco and alcohol use and the consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages are all major causes of preventable deaths and disease in the United States and around the world. While individuals are responsible for the use and consumption of these substances, this webinar emphasizes how public health can take a new approach to this issue: by changing the ways that the tobacco, alcohol, and food industries currently promote their products and make a profit at the expense of community health. This webinar details tobacco, alcohol, and food corporate strategies that can have harmful affects on population health. This webinar also provides examples of health departments that have used research, advocacy, and education to tackle these industry tactics and advance a public health agenda.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center