Course 7 Preview

Building Narrative Power

Stories and ideas shape societies and represent our values. We can communicate narratives that build health equity. Looking for the full Course 7? Access Course 7 here.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Define what narratives and harmful dominant narratives are and their relevance to public health practice
  • Introduce four key harmful dominant narratives that shape public health practice and limit action against root causes by making power structures and injustice invisible
  • Explore how to detect, question, and disrupt harmful dominant narratives
    Identify the skills and processes for developing a compelling, durable narrative for health equity
  • Examine how to uplift and replace harmful dominant narratives with narratives that can facilitate action against root causes

Course 7 Highlights

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The free-market narrative obscures the role of corporate decision-making in shaping our social and economic conditions.
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Screenshot of the reveal card interactive: Shifting the Public Health Narrative
Public health’s own narratives, informed by harmful dominant narratives, can make action against root causes difficult.

Next Steps

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Start a group

Learn together about the roots of health inequity by starting a group for your organization. Our course provides step-by-step guidance on how to facilitate healthy dialogue and exploration.

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Learn independently

Enroll in the Independent Learners group and complete the course with a community of learners interested in health equity.