Social Movements in Public Health


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 module will provide 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 module will detail how WE ACT For Environmental Justice of West Harlem has successfully approached deteriorating environmental conditions and health inequalities.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • 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.

Continuing Education Available: 1.0 CPH, 0.5 CHES

Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)

2A3, 2A5, 2A7, 3A4, 3A6, 3A8, 4A6, 5A10, 5B1, 5B2, 5B3, 5B9, 5B10, 6B2, 8B2, 8B3

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If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you register for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).